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Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, Moscow, April 27, 2023.
Question: James Rubin, US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs during NATO’s aggression against Serbia, when the Radio Television of Serbia building was blown up, and now Special Envoy of US State Secretary Antony Blinken, demanded, through Radio Free Europe, that RT Balkans be closed. He also said that he would like Russian media to not be present anywhere in the world. And just a few days later, the same source said that the EU, as part of a new package of anti-Russia sanctions, was preparing sanctions against RT Balkans. Would you comment on this, and how can you explain the need for Western leaders to stifle those media that do not work the way they see fit?
Maria Zakharova: The situation is absurd. These statements speak for themselves. The West no longer hides anything, but speaks openly. Today, we have repeatedly touched on this: Adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak said that they have the right and must exterminate people on the territory of Crimea, Lugansk, Donetsk, and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. In the same way, the statements you cited demonstrate a desire to eliminate: in this case, not people but the media.
How can one comment on this? You call evil what it is, and you are asking that I give it some kind of additional meaning? There can be no other meaning here.
In the past, we did try to draw attention to the double standards and hypocrisy. Now they are talking about it openly: that there should be no Russia in the form in which it currently exists; there should be no Russian culture and language. Like it’s better that it doesn’t exist at all, at least on the scale it exists today. They say that there should be no Russian media or journalists. This is stated directly.
No additional comment is required. The only thing that could be done is to state that this is an imperialistic point of view, a manifestation of neocolonialism. Some countries, with no moral grounds to do so, illegally arrogate to themselves the right to model the world and its development as they see fit: who has the right to live, speak, trade, produce, have children, and who does not. This is a modern interpretation of the slave system, when the metropolitan countries give themselves the right to be considered masters, and others their slaves. In this manner they speak to those who do not even have the physical ability to answer.
But this is not about us. We have such ability. Those who like these rules have the right to play by them. We do not. This is what we rebelled against.
It is said openly that Washington wants Russia to have no way to spread its point of view on global processes, so there would be no such thing as Russian media abroad, because Russian media prevent the collective West, led by the United States, from influencing the minds of the international community in the way they need. Our media and journalists, with their fact-based reports from the hotbeds of world events, encourage people to evaluate reality critically (in fact, this is normal when people do it this way). Apparently, this goes against the plans that the American rulers have regarding their own people, to zombify them.
If you watch American television, you will see that basically a one-sided, practically sterile, refined and adjusted picture of the world is given on global problems. Therefore, any alternative point of view discredits its own media in the eyes of the audience, while the media are so biased that they simply contradict themselves. Obviously, the Americans have reached an ideological dead end.
We talk about this regularly. This is yet another manifestation of what we are talking about and proving with related examples.