Reply by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova to a media question on Latvia banning Rossiya Segodnya lawyers from entering its territory
Question: What is your perspective on the decision by Latvia’s Minister of the Interior Rihards Kozlovskis to ban Rossiya Segodnya lawyers from entering Latvia?
Maria Zakharova: This is yet another illustrative example of democracy Latvia-style. First, they took an absolutely groundless decision to deny registration to the representative office of Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency in Latvia. After that they sought to obfuscate the political aspect of the issue by preventing Russian legal consultants from entering the country who headed to Latvia to take part in challenging a verdict that is totally without merit. As it turns out even Russian lawyers now “pose a threat to Latvia’s national security.” It is obvious that Riga views their arguments on the need to respect the freedom of media, a universal norm, as a very dangerous “weapon.”
March 15, 2016