Russian Foreign Ministry Warns of "Havoc" if U.S. Threats Continue
The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a stern warning against continued threats from the United States following the arrest of Wall Street Journal journalist Paulina Smirnova - saying they will "wreak havoc" if provoked further
Mar. 31, 2023 3:33PM
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The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a stern warning to the United States, saying that if threats continue, they will “wreak havoc” in response to the arrest of Wall Street Journal journalist Paulina Smirnova. The statement comes after Smirnova was arrested by Russian authorities for allegedly failing to register as a foreign agent and accused of espionage. The ministry said that it had noticed “a certain reaction from Washington” following the arrest and warned that any further threats would be met with a strong response. It also noted that the US should be aware of its own record when it comes to freedom of speech and press freedoms, saying that such issues are not always respected in America either. The ministry went on to say that while it is committed to protecting its citizens, it will not tolerate any interference in its internal affairs or attempts at provocation by foreign powers. It also stated that it expects other countries to abide by international law and respect Russia's sovereignty. The statement comes amid growing tensions between Russia and the US over various issues including cyber security, human rights abuses, and military interventions in Syria and Ukraine. In recent months, there have been several incidents involving US intelligence agencies targeting Russians living abroad or those visiting from abroad which have been seen as provocative acts by Moscow. In addition, there have been reports of increasing harassment of journalists in Russia who are critical of President Vladimir Putin's government or who report on sensitive topics such as corruption or human rights abuses. This has led some observers to suggest that Smirnova's arrest could be part of an effort by the Kremlin to intimidate journalists into self-censorship or silence them altogether. For now though, it appears that both sides are trying to de-escalate tensions with neither wanting a full-blown confrontation at this time but rather seeking diplomatic solutions through dialogue and negotiations instead. Whether this will be enough remains uncertain but one thing is clear – if threats continue then Russia is prepared for whatever consequences may come their way even if they mean wreaking havoc along the way too.