Lavrov: Russia refrains from ‘tooth for a tooth’ retaliation as Facebook bans Russian-linked media

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Sergey Lavrov says he is opposed to retaliating against foreign media in Russia after the Facebook ban of Russia-linked pages. Moscow should instead focus on upholding the rights of its journalists abroad. The recent suspension of four Maffick Media Facebook pages after a CNN report on their links to RT is “definitely another example of pressure against Russian media and against free speech,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told media after a meeting with his Slovak counterpart and current chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Miroslav Lajcak. Lavrov said he had also brought to Lajcak’s attention recent cases of discrimination against Sputnik and RT, including journalists being arbitrarily banned from official events in Spain. When asked whether Moscow would retaliate against foreign media in Russia, however, Lavrov said he is “firmly against” such measures. “The fact that we still have not done so is not only testimony to our restraint,…

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