Statement by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova on the deportation of Russian journalists from Latvia
As a full member of the OSCE, Russia expects OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir to take a public stand and practical steps regarding the expulsion of Russian journalists from Latvia. Mr Désir pointed out several times during his recent visit to Moscow that the principle of reciprocity in such matters is a path towards the devastation of the information space. Now is the time for him to prove his commitment to settling such problems.
If the OSCE Representative yet again refrains from giving a prompt and clear response, we will perceive this as the OSCE’s admission that there are no mechanisms other than response measures in these cases.
Mr Désir, we appeal to you as the plenipotentiary arbiter on such matters at a representative international organisation to prove your ability to uphold the freedom of the media in the OSCE countries.