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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the Russian government would not let West Media work in the country.

The Kremlin vowed on Wednesday to hamper the work of Western media in Russia after a European court upheld a broadcast ban imposed on Russian news channel RT France.

“Of course, we will take similar pressure measures on Western media operating in our country,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“We won’t let them work in our country either,” he said, calling the Kremlin’s reaction to the ban “extremely negative.”

“Essentially RT has been blocked and cannot operate in Europe,” Peskov said. “Europeans are trampling on their own ideals.”

As part of EU sanctions imposed on Moscow for its intervention in Ukraine, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg has issued a ruling rejecting public outlet RT’s appeal against the ban, which the EU imposed in March on charges that the network spreads misinformation.

Constantly accused of repeating Russian state propaganda, RT has been blocked in most Western countries since President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.

Launched in 2005 as Russia Today, the channel has expanded its reach with broadcasts and websites in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish, German and Arabic.

Many foreign journalists have left Russia and a number of foreign media have suspended their operations in the country after authorities in Moscow imposed prison terms of up to 15 years for spreading “false information” about the Russian army.

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