Proleskovski Disagrees with Kudrin on Media Work in Belarus

17.06.2011 12:26

Statements of the Russian Finance Ministry Alexei Kudrin on the alleged restrictions for Russian media work in Belarus have nothing to do with the real situation and are in no way justified. This was stated by Information Minister Oleg Proleskovski, commenting on the relevant statements of the Russian finance minister.

«These statements have nothing to do with the real situation and are in no way justified. Moreover, we are surprised that such criticisms is spread by the Minister of Finance, who is, as far as I know, not responsible for the media. It’s more correctly to direct these questions in the economic cooperation between the two countries,» BelTA quoted the Information Minister of Belarus.

«There is no problem for the Russian media in Belarus, said Oleg Proleskovski. — All journalists, willing to cover events in Belarus, are free to receive accreditation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; there are no restrictions for them. Russian journalists are regularly present at all public significant events, including with the participation of the Belarusian head of state.»

«If Mr. Kudrin knows about any restrictions or harassment with regard to the Russian journalists in Belarus, let him present concrete facts for us to consider. However, so far the Russian side hasn’t put forward any formal complaints in this regard,» added the Belarusian minister.

As Telegraf previously reported, Deputy Prime Minister, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said Moscow would take into account the position of the official Minsk to restrict the work of the Russian mass media in lending to Belarus. «The Government of the Russian Federation i concerned about Belarusian administration’s measures to curb or restrict the Russian media work,» said the head of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation.