Russian Parliament plans to ban American journalists

The United States chose to designate RT as a foreign agent in retaliation for what Washington described as Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2016 USA presidential election, something Moscow has repeatedly denied.

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

Russia's RT channel was informed... "I'm convinced that this is absolutely inadmissible for any more or less civilized country", Lavrov said, according to TASS.

Pursuant to Russian law, the Foreign Ministry has the final say in the accreditation of all foreign correspondents in Russia's state bodies and may, in turn, impose restrictions on their activity if the countries they registered in limit operations of the Russian media.

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Foreign journalists can visit the state Duma by showing their Russian government accreditation card, but all U.S. media would be excluded from the building if the measure is approved. The Committee's head, Olga Savastyanova, said on Friday she expects the motion to be approved on the State Duma plenary session next week and come into force by the end of the week.

Russian officials said the move is a direct response to the American arm of Russian television network RT losing its Congressional press credentials.

When Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about the possible ban for USA media to report from the Russian parliament, he said he views the initiative "with understanding".

The US move and the Russian threats of retaliation follow the endorsement of a new Russian bill that allowed the government to designate worldwide media outlets as foreign agents in response to the US demand made to the RT TV channel. At the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Russian authorities to designate some foreign media as "foreign agents".


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