A Russian media outlet has refused to publish an article written by EU Ambassador to Moscow Vygaudas Ušackas, who uses the term "Crimea's unlawful annexation", fearing possible repressions from the Russian government.
Vygaudas Ušackas
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The Lithuanian diplomat told BNS on Friday he had received a response from the editorial office of a major media outlet, saying that it could face criminal charges for the denial of Russia's territorial integrity, if it published the article.

According to Ušackas, the editorial office suggested he used other formulations, but he strongly refused to do so.

"It's another proof of how much opinions and the freedom of the press are restricted in Russia," Ušackas told BNS by phone from Moscow, refusing to identify the media outlet.

The article written by Ušackas, Lithuania's former foreign minister, has been published on the EU website.

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