BELGRADE (Sputnik) — The resolution was backed by 304 parliamentarians and opposed by 179 members in the 751-member legislative body, falling significantly short of a majority. Further 208 members abstained.
"We have been unpleasantly surprised by the European Parliament’s measure. The resolution is totally unacceptable, its wording echoes Cold War rhetoric, and equaling Russian media to Daesh is scandalous," Ljiljana Smajlovi told RIA Novosti.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the move demonstrated a "degradation" of the democratic idea in the West. He praised the news agency Sputnik and the international broadcaster RT for their work, saying he hoped the resolution would not entail any media curbs.