The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday that it was closing the Moscow bureau of the Canadian broadcaster CBC and withdrawing visas and accreditation for journalists from the public broadcaster after Ottawa banned the Russian state television channel Russia. Today.
“With regret, we continue to notice open attacks on the Russian media from the countries of the so-called collective West who call themselves civilized,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters.
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“A decision was made to take retaliatory measures, I underline retaliatory measures, in relation to Canada’s actions: the closure of the Moscow office of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, including the cancellation of accreditations and visas of their journalists.
The CBC Moscow bureau did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Zakharova said Ottawa chose what she presented as a “Russophobic” path, including media censorship.
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Canada introduced a bill in the Senate on Tuesday barring President Vladimir Putin and around 1,000 members of his government and military from entering the country as it continues to increase sanctions against the invasion of Ukraine by Russia on 24 February.
In March, Putin signed a law imposing a prison term of up to 15 years for intentionally spreading “false” information about the military, prompting some Western media outlets to withdraw their journalists from Russia.
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Russian officials do not use the word ‘invasion’ and say Western media have provided an overly partial account of the war in Ukraine that ignores Russia’s concerns over NATO expansion and the alleged persecution of Russian speakers. .
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has repeatedly chastised the West for what he calls an undemocratic crackdown on Russian state media which he said offered an alternative to Western narratives.
Putin presents war as an inevitable confrontation with the United States, which he accuses of threatening Russia by interfering in its backyard and expanding the NATO military alliance.
Ukraine says it is fighting land grabbing the imperial way and that Putin’s claims about genocide and persecution of Russian speakers are nonsense.