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Moscow drafts 'reciprocal measures' over U.S. demands on Russia Today

Mikhail Fomichev  TASS Mikhail Fomichev TASS
Wilma Wheeler | 11 November, 2017, 00:59

Russian news site and TV channel RT (formerly Russia Today) will register as a foreign agent in the U.S., complying with a request from the U.S. Department of Justice.

On its Facebook page, the Russian embassy in the USA said it took the move to mean that the United States is pursuing a "path of conscious deterioration of relations", and that it considers the registration requirement to be "a desire to eliminate the source of alternative information, an unacceptable violation of worldwide standards of press freedom".

The Kremlin-funded channel denies assertions by US intelligence agencies that it acted as a propaganda arm of the Russian government in efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

Volodin said Russian Federation could extend its own law on foreign agents to foreign media in response to Washington's "hostile" actions. "Our lawyers say that if we don't register as a foreign agent, the director of our company in America could be arrested, and the accounts of the company could be seized".

"The American Justice Department has left us with no choice, " RT's editor in chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement posted on the organization's website Thursday.

In a statement posted to its Facebook account Thursday night, the Russian Embassy in the United States said the Justice Department's decision "created a unsafe precedent". "We consider its demand as a wish to eliminate an alternative source of information, which is an unacceptable violation of the global norms of free press".

US intelligence agencies in January described RT America TV as "a Kremlin-financed channel operated from within the United States, (which) has substantially expanded its repertoire of programming that highlights criticism of alleged USA shortcomings in democracy and civil liberties".

On Thursday, Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the upper house's Commission on Information Policy and Interaction with Media, held a meeting to discuss the USA move and possible retaliatory steps, a Federation Council statement said.

RT has been singled out as a propaganda outlet in the wake of alleged Russian meddling in the United States presidential vote.

The Russian law on foreign agents in recent years has been used on nongovernmental groups that do not toe the Kremlin party line.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday in an interview on Russian television that Russia is working on practical steps in response to US government pressure on Russian-government owned media operating in the U.S.

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