Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s comment on the Kosovo Albanian information provocation against Russian journalists
A provocation was perpetrated against two Russian correspondents from Izvestia Multimedia Information Centre (Channel 5) with the involvement of provisional self-government bodies of the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija (KiM), which behave like bodies of lawless arbitrariness.
The Russian journalists were denied access to self-proclaimed Kosovo in order to carry out an editorial assignment which, in and of itself, should be classified as none other than arbitrariness and a violation of the freedom of the media, the value of which is tirelessly touted by the Kosovo Albanians’ Western handlers. Following that, false information was fed through the local media channels about the alleged involvement of the correspondents in the implementation of some other assignments in KiM that are beyond journalism.
The fact that the Russian journalists’ personal data were made public is a clear indication that the local authorities are involved in this provocation. Copies of the documents were published in the Kosovar media and peddled as evidence of “Russia’s footprint” in all Kosovo’s troubles.
We regard this outrageous incident as evidence of the inability of this autonomous province’s leadership to provide a civilised environment for journalistic activities that meets the generally accepted standards in the sphere of protecting the freedom of speech and media rights, and also as an act of deliberate disinformation aimed at diverting the attention of the general public from the genuine causes of socioeconomic tensions in KiM. We consider it important to note that part of the responsibility for these dealings that lie far from democratic ideals rests with the Western “guardians” of this province.
We look forward to the duly authorised international agencies also giving a proper assessment of what happened.