Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova blasted the United States on Friday saying that the Russian Foreign Ministry will allocate special seats for American journalists at press briefings if the US continues to infringe on the rights of Russian reporters.
The aggressive response came as US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert rudely and condescendingly rejected questions from a Russian reporter at a press briefing on Thursday.
“You’re from Russian TV too? OK! Enough said then, I’ll move on,” Nauert interrupted.
Nauert’s outburst even received condemnation from some American journalists who also wanted the spokesperson to clarify her remarks about Putin’s speech.
“This behavior is unacceptable! If the State Department once again dares to label our journalists who are present at press briefings ‘journalists from Russia’ and stop communicating with them because of that, we will carry out what we promised,” Zakharova said.
“We will arrange special seats for the so-called journalists from the US at the Foreign Ministry’s press center so that your journalists could feel this time what it is all about,” she said.
“Earlier, literally several decades ago, people with different skin color were not allowed to ride on the same bus in the United States. It is necessary to overcome that instead of returning to the flawed practice of the early 19th century, dividing journalists into countries and nationalities. You have no right to deny them access to information due to their nationality,” Zakharova stressed.
She then also went onto thank “those American reporters who defended their Russian counterparts’ right to access information and be treated equally.”