Russian parliament to bar all US media from accessing it

Lavrov doesn't want 'race of bans' with US after RT's Congress accreditation revoked

Lavrov doesn't want 'race of bans' with US after RT's Congress accreditation revoked

A ban on attending sessions of the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian Parliament, will be introduced "for all US media", Olga Savastyanova, head of the Duma's committee on regulations and control, was quoted as saying by RBC news. It will need to go through several steps, including being passed by committee, the upper house and the lower house before the resolution becomes official.

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.

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

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According to Savostyanova, the measure is Russia's "reciprocal response to the U.S. Congress' decision" regarding RT.

That means RT's reporters will not be able to have as much access to Congress as other foreign media. The report also said Sputnik was "another government-funded outlet producing pro-Kremlin radio and online content".

Peskov said Russian media had been subjected to "outrageous" attacks in the United States which violated freedom of speech. The decision was taken because that the broadcaster's US contractor, T&R Productions LLC, had registered with the US Department of Justice as a foreign agent.

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RT America (officially registered as T&R Productions LLC) filed as a foreign agent on November 10 under pressure from the USA authorities, who threatened legal action if it refused to comply.

"Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the USA 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. There are 21 American media outlets accredited to work in Russian Federation, according to the website of the foreign ministry which keeps the register and issues documents to journalists.

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