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Russian Embassy in US Urges Washington to Stop Pressuring Russian Media

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The working conditions for the US media in Russia can be easily made better if Washington stops putting pressure on the Russian media in the United States and takes removes them from its list of "foreign agents," the Russian Embassy said Monday.

Spokeswoman for the US State Department Heather Nauert said Friday that Washington was calling on Russia to respect media freedom. She pointed out that Russia had labeled a number of media outlets, including two US government-funded broadcasters, as "foreign agents."

"The Department of State is unhappy that only the media funded by the US state budget was included into the Russian list of 'foreign agents.' This can be easily fixed. The main condition for this is to stop pressuring Russian media in the United States and take them off the US list of foreign agents," the embassy wrote on Facebook.

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The diplomatic mission noted that the US reaction was "predictable," and stressed that Washington had "no moral or legal right to demand something from other countries, when interference in their internal affairs, in violation of the UN Charter and the Helsinki Final Act is the official US policy."

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on "foreign agents" in late November last year, in response to pressure put on Russian media in the United States. The RT broadcaster, in particular, had to register as a foreign agent in November, at the demand of the US Department of Justice, which led to difficulties with Congress access.

RIA Global LLC, which produces content for the Sputnik news agency, was ordered to register as a "foreign agent" in February. Sputnik Radio's partner Reston Translator had to do the same in November.

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