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The Ministry called on international organizations to assess the ban on broadcasting of RT in Latvia

Russia calls on international organizations to assess how the decision of Riga to ban the broadcasting of RT in line with political commitments of Latvia, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

She recalled that this is not the first step on the part of Latvia to sweep the information space in the country, where more than 40% of the population prefer to receive information in Russian.

"We have repeatedly drawn the attention of international organizations and human rights defenders to the existing in Latvia unacceptable situation with a deep discrimination of Russian-speaking residents of that state and attempts to grossly displace the Russian language from the information space of the country," Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"Once again call upon the relevant international institutions to expose the decision of the official Riga a thorough legal examination for compliance with political and legal obligations of Latvia to ensure freedom of speech and expression of opinion and free access to information," she said.

The Latvian regulator, the ban on Tuesday, the broadcasting channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV, argued his decision by the fact that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions.

Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today", while the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain.

The authorities of the Baltic countries repeatedly obstructed the work of the Russian media. The Russian foreign Ministry stated with clear signs of a coordinated line of those States. Cases of harassment of the media in the Baltic countries, noted in the Russian Ministry, "demonstrate, which in practice are demagogic statements about the commitment of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to the principles of democracy and freedom of speech".