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04 December 2017, 12:26 | Bernice Figueroa
US media banned from Russian Duma
The Kremlin said on Friday it fully understood why the Russian lower house of parliament planned to discuss banning representatives of USA media organizations in retaliation for what it says is US mistreatment of Russian media.
"We have been studying the situation that has happened with your company".
Kremlin-backed RT on Wednesday night published a letter from the Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio And Television Correspondents Gallery saying the channel's Congressional press credentials had been withdrawn due to its registration as a foreign agent in the United States. "I'm convinced that it's absolutely unacceptable for any more or less respectable, civilized country", Lavrov said.
"I can not say now what our response will be but I would not want very much to enter a ban fight, which will affect the media and those people who get information from the media about developments in the world", Russia's top diplomat said.
"After the decree regarding closing access for American journalists to the Duma building is passed, we will work out all organisational and technical issues with the foreign ministry", Savastyanova said.
The Duma will consider the resolution next week, Olga Savastyanova, head of the Duma's lower chamber's committee on regulations and control, told the state news wire RIA.
When Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was asked about the possible ban for United States media to report from the Russian parliament, he said he views the initiative "with understanding".
Russian officials have said the move is a retaliatory response to the USA government forcing RT to register under FARA.
Russian officials called the new legislation a "symmetrical response" to what they describe as US pressure on Russian media. 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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