Russians propose tit-for-tat media ban on US

Russians propose tit-for-tat media ban on US

Russians propose tit-for-tat media ban on US

Russia's parliament could bar U.S. media from reporting within its walls in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station's credentials in the United States.

'We are now studying the situation, which has occurred with the RT television company.

RT on Wednesday night published a letter from the Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio And Television Correspondents Gallery saying the channel's Congressional press credentials had been withdrawn due to its registration as a foreign agent in the United States. "I'm convinced that this is absolutely inadmissible for any more or less civilized country", Lavrov said, according to TASS.

"I can not say now what our answer will be, but I really would not want to join a race of bans, which will harm the media as well as those people who get information from the media about what's happening in the world", he said.

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"Such blatant attacks against foreign media, particularly Russian ones - which are in violation of the world practice of freedom of speech - they, unfortunately, are blossoming in the US", Peskov said.

Foreign journalists can visit the state Duma by showing their Russian government accreditation card, but all USA media would be excluded from the building if the measure is approved.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters that the Kremlin understood why lawmakers wanted to hit back against the United States for its mistreatment of Russian media. At the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Russian authorities to designate some foreign media as "foreign agents".

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that empowers the government to designate media outlets receiving funding from overseas as "foreign agents" and impose sanctions against them.

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