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Russia: Western countries 'unable to overcome anti-Russian rhetoric' – Lavrov hits back at Macron01:53

Russia: Western countries 'unable to overcome anti-Russian rhetoric' – Lavrov hits back at Macron

Russian Federation, Moscow
May 30, 2017 at 11:44 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said French President Emmanuel Macron's labelling of Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik as "deceitful propaganda" was part of an "anti-Russian campaign" that "Western countries were unable to overcome" at a press conference alongside his Nigerian counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama in Moscow, Tuesday.

Lavrov said that this "entire anti-Russian campaign was initially started by the administration of Barack Obama and later expanded to some other Western countries including Europe."

"There are no facts. As for accusations against RT and Sputnik, if I'm not mistaken, the British company Ofcom has recently considered these allegations and no violations of journalism ethics have been found" Lavrov countered.

On Monday, Macron said RT and Sputnik were "propaganda" outlets, speaking at a joint-press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both Moscow-based news outlets were denied accreditation by Macron's presidential campaign.

Russia: Western countries 'unable to overcome anti-Russian rhetoric' – Lavrov hits back at Macron01:53
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said French President Emmanuel Macron's labelling of Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik as "deceitful propaganda" was part of an "anti-Russian campaign" that "Western countries were unable to overcome" at a press conference alongside his Nigerian counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama in Moscow, Tuesday.

Lavrov said that this "entire anti-Russian campaign was initially started by the administration of Barack Obama and later expanded to some other Western countries including Europe."

"There are no facts. As for accusations against RT and Sputnik, if I'm not mistaken, the British company Ofcom has recently considered these allegations and no violations of journalism ethics have been found" Lavrov countered.

On Monday, Macron said RT and Sputnik were "propaganda" outlets, speaking at a joint-press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both Moscow-based news outlets were denied accreditation by Macron's presidential campaign.

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