During the meeting between federal minister heiko maas and his russian counterpart sergej lavrov in moscow, there was a heated exchange of views on media freedom in both countries.
Maas criticized in particular the arrest of a deutsche welle employee during the anti-government protests in moscow. "This is an absolutely incomprehensible process," he said. Lavrov rejected this and complained that employees of the state television station RT (russia today) and the state agency in the EU were sometimes prevented from doing their work. So there have been cases of journalists being excluded from press conferences.
Lavrov stressed that western media were not obstructed in reporting on the protests. "There is access everywhere," says russian chief diplomat. Maas openly doubted lavrov’s claims that russian media were blocked or excluded: "otherwise they wouldn’t be standing around everywhere," he said.