MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. Russia is considering the deprivation RT accreditation in the U.S. Congress as a challenge common to the world the values of freedom of speech and in the near future will respond to these actions. This was stated on Thursday to journalists by the Chairman of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin.
“Deprivation RT accreditation in the American Parliament – a challenge common to the world the values of freedom of speech,” – said the head of the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament.
“This is an attack on the foundations of democracy, and we will not tolerate this situation” – warned the politician. “Therefore, we are considering the options of symmetric measures for SLR response to the unfriendly actions of the American side. They will follow in the near future” – he promised.
Earlier, a source TASS in the state Duma said that the lower house is considering mirror measures in response to the decision of Congress to deprive of accreditation of journalists of the TV channel RT. The interlocutor of Agency has explained that speech can go about the documents governing the rules of accreditation.
On Wednesday, the head of the Executive Committee of correspondents, radio and television in the U.S. Congress, Craig Kaplan stated that the RT journalists denied accreditation by the U.S. Congress. He stressed that this decision was made on 21 November for the unanimous vote in Committee “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.”