"The detention of the first deputy chairman of the Russian Civic Chamber's Commission on Development of Information Community, Mass Media and Mass Communications, Alexander Malkevich, at an airport in Washington on 9 November raises very serious concerns. The hours-long interrogation arranged by FBI agents about his journalistic activities is more evidence of the pressure campaign by US authorities not only on the Russian press but on any independent opinion about the United States," the statement said.
According to the statement, the United States is trying to hamper objective reporting of international and local events in the country by demanding the Russian journalist register his news agency USA Really as a ‘foreign agent’.
The Foreign Ministry also said that the United States could have been also trying to create a pretext to impose new sanctions on Russia, given the fact that Malkevich was asked about Russia's alleged meddling in the US elections.
"While interference in other states’ internal affairs is the trademark of Washington itself," the ministry added.
Additionally, the Foreign Ministry demanded that Washington put an end to the practice of persecuting Russian journalists.
"We also hope that Washington will come to understand the inadmissibility of further loosening of relations between our countries to benefit the United States' internal political situation," the ministry concluded.
Malkevich told Sputnik that he had already left the United States and was currently in Paris.