Russian parliament to bar all US media from accessing it
00:30, Dec 4, 2017
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American reporters could be banned from entering Russia's lower house of parliament as early as next week as Moscow retaliates against a Kremlin-funded television station being denied access to the US Congress.
'We are now studying the situation, which has occurred with the RT television company.
The minister was speaking at a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano, on Friday, where an RT correspondent asked him about Moscow's response to the USA congressional press office's decision this week to revoke RT America's credentials citing its status of a "foreign agent". "I'm convinced that this is absolutely inadmissible for any more or less civilized country", Lavrov said, according to TASS. "The ban will impact all American media", she said, according to the Duma's official website.
Russian State Duma Committee head Olga Savastyanova told reporters that the decision was taken in response to the recent U.S. Congress move to strip the accreditation of Russia's English-language news channel RT America.
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". "Such outrageous attacks on foreign media, in particular Russian media, go against the global practice of freedom of speech and unfortunately flourish in full Technicolor in the USA", he said.
Peskov said that the Russian parliament might give an emotional response to the new Congressional restrictions on RT.
US authorities have designated Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT as a "foreign agent", after intelligence officials alleged it tried to meddle in the US Presidential election previous year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed amendments into law this past weekend that will allow foreign media outlets in Russia to be listed as "foreign agents".
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