Asked Friday if the U.S. would reciprocate by shutting down Russia outlets in the U.S., Psaki said the U.S. would not — because of a belief in free media.
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U.S. officials are assailing the Russian government for shutting down Voice of America’s radio broadcasts in Moscow, in a move that marked a dramatic escalation of the message war between the two governments amid the Ukraine conflict.

The U.S. government-backed radio broadcast had been operating from a local frequency in Russia’s capital for years. But Dmitry Kiselev, the director of the information agency Rossiya Segodnya (Russia Today), informed Voice of America late last month it would “not cooperate” with a U.S. request to renew its license.

According to Russian media, he dismissed U.S. and other radio stations as a “spam on our frequencies.”

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