Russian Federation considering USA media restrictions as retaliation

Russian Federation considering USA media restrictions as retaliation”

Russia is within its rights to restrict the operations of USA media organisations in Russia in retaliation for what Moscow calls USA pressure on a Kremlin-backed TV station, a Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Last week, media reported that the US Senate Intelligence Committee asked senior managers from Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify in front of the US Congress at a public hearing scheduled for October as part of the probe into Russia's alleged attempts to use social media to influence the November 2016 election, a claim repeatedly denounced by Russian officials.

Russian officials have accused Washington of putting unwarranted pressure on the U.S. operations of RT, a Kremlin-funded broadcaster accused by some in Washington of interfering in domestic United States politics, which it denies.

After American authorities started targeting Russian state broadcaster RT, US media is likely to suffer the repercussions from Russian authorities which will accelerate a downward spiral in ties between the two countries.

"The US Department of Justice is expected to slap RT with the 'foreign agent" status, which will severely hamper the channel's activities, and might lead to its closure in the US, according to RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. "But this is a particular case".

"Foreign propaganda dressed up as a legitimate news outlet is still foreign propaganda", Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., said in the June announcement of the bipartisan bill. "This bill will help ensure that Vladimir Putin's regime can't spread fake news with such ease ever again".

"I wonder how US media outlets, which have no problems while working in Moscow, and that are not required to register as foreign agents, will treat this initiative", Simonyan said.

In the latest development, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that Google, which owns YouTube, has dropped RT from its package of popular channels aimed at advertisers.

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