Russia says if Google down-ranks Sputnik and RT it would be censorship
RT, formerly known as Russia Today, has the slogan "Question more" and was set up to present news from the perspective of the Kremlin (AFP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov)

Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday that moves by Alphabet Inc's Google to place articles from Russian news outlets Sputnik and Russia Today lower in search results would amount to censorship.

Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, speaking on stage at an international forum last Saturday, responded to a question about Sputnik articles appearing on Google by saying the company was working to give less prominence to "those kinds of websites" as opposed to delisting them.

Speaking at a news briefing, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday Google was acting under strong political pressure from the U.S. authorities.

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Christian Lowe)