Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed on Wednesday the EU parliament resolution against Russian media, stating that Europe is trying to “teach” Moscow democracy.
Earlier in the day, the European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution on countering Russian media outlets, such as the Sputnik news agency and the RT broadcaster.
Authors of the document equate counteracting Russia with the resistance to the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) terrorist group and call on EU member states to boost financing counter-propaganda projects.
“The EU parliament resolution is an evident sign of degradation of the Western society’s vision of democracy,” Putin said.
“If such a decision [of the European Parliament on the fight against Russian media] is adopted, it says that we see a quite obvious degradation in the political sense of this word of the vision of democracy in the Western society,” he underlined.
Putin also added that he hoped common sense will prevail and there would be no real restrictions concerning the work of Russian media.