Russia Says US Media Will Be Banned From Parliament

Russia Says US Media Will Be Banned From Parliament

Russia Says US Media Will Be Banned From Parliament

"After the decree regarding closing access for American journalists to the Duma building is passed, we will work out all organisational and technical issues with the foreign ministry", Savastyanova said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he wouldn't want a "race of bans" between Russia and the USA, as the Russian State Duma mulls a tit-for-tat response to the revoking of RT's press accreditation in Congress.

"It's a ban on journalists who represent American media, all American media, visiting the State Duma", RIA quoted Savastyanova as saying.

Peskov said that the Russian parliament might give an emotional response to the new Congressional restrictions on RT.

That means RT's reporters will not be able to have as much access to Congress as other foreign media. "It concerns US media because blatant attacks on foreign media, specifically Russian media, which contradict the worldwide practice of freedom of speech, are rampant in the USA", he added. On November 13, RT registered in the United States under a decades-old law called the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

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"Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the US government or public on behalf of foreign principals", Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente said in a statement at the time.

In response, Russian Federation introduced its own law allowing it to designate US and other foreign media as foreign agents.

US authorities have designated Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT as a "foreign agent", after intelligence officials alleged it tried to meddle in the US Presidential election previous year.

"According to the text of the law, media that receive financial assistance from foreign states or organizations can be recognized as foreign agents, while the decision on which outlets will be classified as "foreign agents" will be taken by the Ministry of Justice", the Russian state-funded website Sputnik reported.

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