Official Moscow reacted to Google’s intention to downgrade the RT television channel and Sputnik agency in the news broadcast on the Google News resource. This was discussed today during a briefing by the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Maria Zakharova.
«Artificial ranking or the so-called «derranging» is a direct censorship — a violation of the principles of freedom of speech. This practice contravenes the freedom of access to information, affects healthy competition,» Zakharova explained.
She also added that the Russian side has information that there was political pressure on Google and it was under this pressure that a corresponding decision was made.
Zakharova also did not leave out the question of the transition of the resource «Mirotvorets» to American servers. On the Russian side, a note was sent to the State Department with a demand to deny the site to the US residence permit. However, there was no response from the foreign policy department of the US.