The Ambassador of the Russian Federation: RT deprivation of accreditation at the US Congress undermines the principle of freedom of the press

SAN FRANCISCO /California/, November 30. /Spec. Q. TASS Ivan sawyers/. Deprivation correspondents RT, issued by the United States Congress – unfriendly step of Washington, undermining the bilateral relations and indicating that the availability status of ieagent interfere with the work of the media. This was stated on Wednesday (Thursday GMT), Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov in an interview with reporters at the Fairmont hotel in San Francisco.

As the Antonov, the decision is “another unfriendly step of the American side”. “I would like to remind you that we a lot has been said in recent days that the registration of RT as noagent will not lead to any negative consequences. First and foremost in terms of operation and information work professional in the United States of America,” he added.

The Ambassador added that “today’s decision is an obvious fact, as the deeds with words”. “We talked about it at a very high level official representative of the state Department,” he added.

“It seems to me that all these steps only further undermine Russian-American relations, – said Antonov. This is a direct violation of the fundamental principle of freedom of the press in the United States.”

Earlier Wednesday, the head of the Executive Committee of correspondents, radio and television in the U.S. Congress, Craig Kaplan stated that the RT journalists accreditation by the U.S. Congress. He stressed that this decision was made on 21 November for the unanimous vote in the Committee. Kaplan added that this step was taken due to the fact that the Manager of an American branch of RT by T&R Productions, LLC (T&R) registered as a foreign agent in the United States.