November 12 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
RT editor-in-chiefm Margarita Simonyan, has stated that RT America has registered as a foreign agent in the United States.
Earlier, the US Justice Ministry gave the “Monday” deadline for the channel to carry out said “obligation” , which Simonyan called a “cannibalistic” deadline.
“Between a criminal case and registration, we chose the latter, and we congratulate American freedom of speech and everyone who still believes in it,” – said Simonyan.
Vladimir Putin called the situation with the Russian media in the US – an attack on freedom of speech. He added that “without freedom of speech, democracy does not exist.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry is working out a response to the situation. The head of the Ministry of Communications Nikolai Nikiforov, promised to mirror the statements of the US authorities.
In addition, on behalf of the State Duma Speaker, Vyacheslav Volodin, a working group was set up to draft legislative amendments that would provide for retaliatory measures.
As specified by the “United Russia” party, these amendments can get “Radio Liberty, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America, CNN, to cease their work in Russia. As deputy Alexei Pushkov added, the amendments are in particular, about “limiting access to them as part of cable television packages.”
Nevertheless, deputy Andrei Klimov believes that Russia is unlikely to fully take mirrored measures, because “each country has its own legislation, its own traditions.”