Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that RT DE was licensed in Serbia and could broadcast in Europe. So she answered the words of her colleague from the German Foreign Ministry Andrea Sasse. She said that the situations with RT DE and DW cannot be compared.
“I wonder if they're pretending to be in Berlin or don't really understand?” Zakharova asked in her Telegram channel.
territories of 33 European countries, including Germany.
"Broadcasting was carried out from Moscow, not from Berlin. And what does Germany have to do with it?” Zakharova added. She also asked if the German government thought it had a license “also for the German language.” "I'm not sure that Austria and Switzerland are aware of this turn of events", – she added.
Sasse said earlier that RT DE was banned from broadcasting by the independent German media watchdog. The German government is not involved in this. She also emphasized that RT DE did not have a license, while DW worked legally. State Department spokesman Ned Price, who earlier condemned the imposition of restrictions on DW in Russia.
According to Price, the United States condemns the actions of the Russian authorities to stop Deutsche Welle broadcasting in the country. The embassy indicated that Washington did not express similar concerns at the time of the RT DE shutdown in Germany.
The closure of the office, the withdrawal of accreditations and the cessation of DW broadcasts in Russia were in response to the RT DE ban in Germany. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the lifting of restrictions on the German TV channel is possible only if the ban on RT DE is lifted.