"The EU is a political and media dictatorship and this resolution [against Russian media] is the confirmation. It is certainly a violation of freedom of speech and of the press. And unfortunately it is only the tip of the iceberg," Ferrari said.
The European Parliament's resolution said that Sputnik and RT posed a danger to European unity and called for extra European Commission funding for counter-propaganda projects. It also draws parallel between Russian media and the propaganda disseminated by the Islamic State, a jihadist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.
"There are even more serious events. The limitation of freedom of peoples. If a nation holds a referendum which results do not fit the Brussels politicians that referendum is considered null or they re-do or make a law that bypasses it," Ferrari added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, commenting on the adoption of the European Parliament’s resolution on Russian media, congratulated RT and Sputnik journalists on effective work and stressed that this resolution indicated apparent degradation of the concept of democracy in the Western society. Putin also expressed hope that common sense would prevail and that there would be no actual restrictions against the Russian media.