Latvia joins Lithuania in banning Russian state TV broadcasts

A man watches a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a restaurant in Simferopol, Crimea on March 18, 2014

Latvia is joining Lithuania in banning Russian state television broadcasts because it found that several programs about the Ukraine crisis were tendentious and not in the Baltic nation’s security interests.

A three-month suspension of broadcasts of all Rossiya RTR’s programs begins April 8, following a decision by the Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council, the watchdog’s spokeswoman Sanita Blomniece told The Associated Press on Monday.

The council said the decision was prompted by findings of the Latvian Security Police, which said events in Ukraine in several Rossiya reports last month were presented in a way that justified “military aggression against a sovereign state.” It also said they were “dominated by the view that despite international law, the president of the Russian Federation has every right to use the military in Ukraine to defend Russian speakers.”

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