According to Medvedev, the X-th Congress is expected “to make a real contribution to consolidation of the Russian-speaking media community”. The President emphasized: “And undoubtedly – to consolidation of a huge Russian world, which was and remains “fastened” through the Russian-speaking press”.
Addressing the World Congress of Russian Press on Wednesday, June 11, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told about the problems that face Russian-speaking media outlets predominantly in the neighboring countries. In this context the President claimed that the Russian leadership intends to adequately respond to the facts of deliberate forcing-out of the Russian-speaking press from media markets of certain countries, and infringement of their rights.
"Such huge and wide audience (Russian-speaking mass media) makes us handle the problems of the Russian-speaking press very carefully both overseas and in neighboring countries, support the most interesting and socially important projects in this sphere”, Medvedev said at the Congress.
"And of course we cannot ignore the facts of deliberate actions aimed at forcing the Russian publications out of the infospace of certain countries”, the Russian Head of State said.
As quoted to Medvedev, for Russia it is “a sensitive problem” because it relates to preservation of vital cultural and information environment for a majority of our compatriots”. In particular the President pointed out that “about 300 million people in more than 80 countries worldwide read the Russian-speaking press”.
"Russia cannot remain indifferent, and therefore we will try to adequately respond to these occurrences, which are rather painful to us”, Dmitry Medvedev emphasized.
Let us recall that earlier the Russian Foreign Ministry already expressed its concern over the plans of the Ukrainian leadership to disconnect Russian TV programs from the cable TV system.
In so doing, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated that these steps violate the respective provisions of the Russian-Ukrainian mass media cooperation agreements and fail to correspond to the good-neighborly nature of our relations, RIA Novosti reports.