Lawmaker warns EU of possible response to oppression of Russian media

 Lawmaker warns EU of possible response to oppression of Russian media

If the European Union starts exerting pressure on the Russian media, Moscow will immediately take retaliatory measures, member of the Russian parliament's upper house's commission on the protection of state sovereignty Viktor Ozerov said.

"If someone in Europe learns nothing from the tit for tat measures adopted in Russia after the oppression of RT and Sputnik in the United States, if they are ready to make the same mistake, our reaction will be immediate," Sputnik cited Ozerov as saying.

He said that such actions of the European lawmakers demonstrate the desire of EU authorities to restrict freedom of speech and the press, despite their statements about the protection of these values.

Earlier in the day, European lawmakers urged EU executive authorities to shore up "counter-propaganda" efforts by an extra million euros and set up Europe Today to counteract what they deem Russian propaganda.

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