The decision on the closing of the Russia Today TV channel was made by National Westminster Bank (NatWest), told Reuters the representative of the Prime Minister of the UK Theresa may.
“It is the responsibility of the Bank, and he can decide who to provide their services based on their own willingness to take risks”, — said the representative of the Prime Minister.
The Russian foreign Ministry said that they intend to seek from the British authorities clarification of the situation. The Ministry called the blocking of the accounts, agreed with the official London action “to eliminate inconvenient for British officialdom, but the popular among the British public news site”.
About the “locking” of accounts of the TV channel in the UK on 17 October said the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan. In comments Simonyan said that the decision was a great surprise for her. The reasons for freezing the Bank accounts unknown to her. She admitted that this may be due to new sanctions against Russia. Later, the chief editor said that “account is not locked and closed”.
Official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharov called the restriction of freedom of speech situation with the bills.
In mid-September, the British regulator Ofcom suspected Russian TV channel of bias in the coverage of the activities of Cuadrilla, the company involved in shale gas, wrote the newspaper The Times. The regulator started a review in relation to the channel, having recorded 15 violations.
In 2014, Ofcom found infringements in work of the RT concerning subjects related to the coverage of the Ukrainian crisis. As stated by the regulator, the channel presented the events only from the standpoint of the Russian authorities.
On 13 October, the Wall Street Journal reported that EU countries began to consider new restrictive measures against Russia because of the situation in Aleppo. Previously about the possibility of new sanctions against Russia, said US Secretary of state John Kerry. On Monday the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini said that no country in the EU has not yet offered to enter against Russia new sanctions because of Syria.