“The article contains direct slander about Rossiya Segodnya, dangerously misleads readers and damages the agency’s reputation”, the Rossiya Segodnya press service said.
“We demand immediate public apologies on the part of the portal. We are ready to defend our rights and honour in court", it said.
On 30 October, Ekspertai published a story on the Danish authorities' consent to laying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. RIA Novosti, which "belongs to the international media group Rossiya Segodnya, engaged in the financing of terrorism and money laundering", was named as a source of information.
A reference was made to the material on the same portal about the receipt by an unnamed citizen of Lithuania of a letter from Sweden's Swedbank with a notification that the credit organization had stopped settlements with the media group.