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Lavrov: Kerry's 'prosecutorial' RT assault unacceptable

Published time: April 25, 2014 08:08
Edited time: April 25, 2014 08:41
Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Russia's Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has lashed out at US Secretary of State John Kerry over his 'prosecutorial' remarks about RT.

"The US is trying to pervert everything that is going on in Ukraine. They accuse us of turning on - what was called by John Kerry in a prosecutorial tone - accuse us of switching on what they called the ‘Putin propaganda machine’ called RT,” said Lavrov during the press conference.

“Well, It’s not civilized to call the media like that,” he said, adding that he can "understand John Kerry because RT now presents serious competition for CNN and BBC and other media outlets, which some time ago were confident that they had an absolute monopoly and no competition could threaten them."

However, RT news channel has gathered a large audience among US and European viewers, let alone in Latin America and the Arab World, Lavrov said.

According to Lavrov, Russia will actively support these independent views of RT, which are an alternative to what Western propaganda tells the world.

During a press conference with the State Department on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry rounded on RT, lashing out at its Ukraine coverage.

“The propaganda bullhorn that is the state-sponsored RT program has been deployed to promote – actually, RT network – has been deployed to promote President Putin’s fantasy about what is playing out on the ground,” Kerry said.

Comments (407)


Tatiana Lawson 26.04.2014 21:11

Keep it Cool, Mr. Lavrov. Kerry will be out his office pretty soon.... Even Americans are getting tied of his blunder after blunder.... He is not gonna last long....


Aduboy Serrano 26.04.2014 19:54

Way we need autorization,for free speech, do this is ".democracy&quo t; .


Impie 26.04.2014 18:43

Alexandr Popov 26.04.2014 04:59

All the superior-minded analyst predict that Ukraine, especial the Eastern, part will become part of the Russian Federation .


Y es, Putin will find a way through para-military forces in East Ukraine to grab it like he did Crimea. That's okay with me living in Africa, but in reality this is theft of a sovereign nation's land. Russia should pay Ukraine at least $1 Trillion for the land and infrastructure they took. Then it might be called fair deal. What Putin is doing now is not fair, just or legal, even if the people in East Ukraine and Crimea want that.

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