After the meeting with the General Director of the German television and radio company Deutsche Welle in Moscow, State Duma deputies will continue dialogue with the media holding in Berlin, said State Duma deputy speaker Peter Tolstoy.
Earlier, “Fair Russia” deputy Nikolai Ryzhak told RIA Novosti that the State Duma deputies met with the General Director of the German media holding Deutsche Welle Peter Limburg. According to Ryzhak, the negotiations were held in a constructive atmosphere.
“An exchange of views took place. The dialogue was held in a good atmosphere, which we intend to maintain in Berlin”, – Tolstoy told reporters following the meeting.
On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he did not consider it necessary to impose restrictions on foreign media, including Deutsche Welle. So he commented on the initiative of the State Duma to revoke the accreditation of a number of media outlets, including the German media holding, for publishing an ambiguous tweet before protests in Moscow. According to the Minister, representatives of Deutsche Welle held a meeting at the Russian Foreign Ministry and admitted that “it was not very correct in the context of the events that took place in Moscow at that time”.
The Head of the Duma commission to investigate interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation, Vasily Piskarev, said he would ask the Foreign Ministry to consider withdrawing the accreditation in Russia of the German television and radio company Deutsche Welle due to a violation of Russian law. The State Duma Commission found that Deutsche Welle violated the law by calling for an unauthorized rally in Moscow. The media holding Deutsche Welle, in turn, said they reject allegations of interference in the internal affairs of the Russian Federation and expect the speedy completion of the proceedings in this regard.