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Russian Federation prepares to label USA media as 'foreign agents'

11 November 2017, 01:25 | Kara Nash

Russian state-owned television station RT logo is seen at the window of the company's office in Moscow on Oct. 27 2017

Russian state-owned television station RT logo is seen at the window of the company's office in Moscow on Oct. 27 2017

Amid continued controversy about Russia's role in trying to influence last year's USA presidential election, Twitter last month banned advertising by RT and by the state-funded Sputnik news agency.

The Duma earlier this year launched an investigation into whether CNN, Voice of America, Radio Liberty and "other American media" were complying with Russian law.

Russian Federation said Thursday it could begin next week to take measures against U.S. media outlets working in Russian Federation in retaliation for a decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to make the Kremlin-funded RT news agency register as a foreign agent. "Since such decisions are being made on USA territory in relation to our TV channels, it will be right for us to respond to these actions".

Tensions between the US and Russian Federation have escalated steadily since President Donald Trump came to power in January, as his campaign promises to improve relations have faltered under the pressure of mounting investigations into the allegations that Russian Federation helped secure his victory. According to CBS, "failure to register could mean the arrest of the channel's American director and the freezing of its accounts".

She added: "We will continue to work and continue to fight this as long as it's possible".

Turkey, US resume limited mutual visa services
Turkey's embassy in Washington has also said it will process visa applications from United States citizens on a limited basis. Turkey also suspended the issuance of visas to USA citizens, according to Trend.

Last Thursday, Twitter announced it would drop advertising by RT and Sputnik-owned accounts on its network due to their alleged meddling in the US presidential election past year.

USA intelligence agencies in January described RT America TV as "a Kremlin-financed channel operated from within the United States, (which) has substantially expanded its repertoire of programming that highlights criticism of alleged US shortcomings in democracy and civil liberties".

RT denies that it is an agent of the Russian government and says on its site that it offers "stories overlooked by mainstream media" and "alternative perspectives". The decision came in the wake of investigations into Kremlin attempts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

In a statement posted to its Facebook account Thursday night, the Russian Embassy in the United States said the Justice Department's decision "created a unsafe precedent". Groups on the list are subject to tight scrutiny by officials and must place the words "foreign agent" on all their publications, a label that recalls Soviet-era denunciations of spies and fifth-columnists.

Russian lawmakers say they are planning a quick approval of legal amendments that would allow a quid pro quo response to a USA demand to the Russian government-funded broadcaster RT to register as a foreign agent. The organizations have disputed the decision.



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