Russia: Zakharova blasts 'Western hysteria' after EP passes 'propaganda' resolution

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Published on 24 Nov 2016, 15:15
Spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova hit out at Western “hysteria” and “empty accusations” from their institutions aimed at Russia, speaking from Moscow on Thursday, in reaction to the EU's approval of draft legislation to counteract so-called "anti-EU" propaganda.

The Russian Foreign Ministry had "stated, multiple times that there is no anti-EU propaganda from the Russian side" said the spokesperson. She added that if Europe decided to take this path, it would "prohibit the activity of mass media as its priority", tantamount to installing "transmitters at the borders of European countries with other countries, which will be broadcasting the propaganda of western values."

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Russian): "This document compares, and I want to emphasise this, the so-called propaganda war of the Kremlin against the European Union to the propagandist methods of the Islamic State, a terrorist organisation which is prohibited in Russia. Colleagues, this is a clinical case. We have stated, multiple times, that there is no anti-EU propaganda from the Russian side. If the European Union has any internal problems, they should not look for reasons of propaganda by third parties, but to themselves."

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Russian): "If Europe takes this path and will choose it as the main one, in particular, it will prohibit the activity of mass media as its priority. So honestly speaking, if this ideology prevails, it is very close to the installation of transmitters at the borders of European countries with other countries, which will be broadcasting the propaganda of western values. I am asking you to remember this since we will get back to this topic in some time even if I hope it doesn't happen. Maybe it will even come to the book burning, which somebody in the European Union will consider as not corresponding to the dominant ideology. Indeed, this has already happened in Europe."

SOT, Maria Zakharova, Spokesperson for Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Russian): "Remember what happened with the question of the journalist of the Russia Today TV Channel who tried to clarify with the US State Department which exact civic objects he meant when he said that they [the objects] were destroyed by the Russian Federation and the Syrian regime? Just one question - what exactly do you mean? Tell us names, geographical points and coordinates. Remember what happened? Hysteria, quite simply, which resulted in accusations of propaganda. What kind of propaganda is that? You [the US] never tell us the coordinates, dates, and locations of those objects which, according to you, were destroyed by Syrian army with Russia's aviation support. Never. Just words. Just empty accusations."

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