Kremlin says understands why Russian parliament wants to ban U.S. media

Kremlin says understands why Russian parliament wants to ban U.S. media

"After the decree regarding closing access for American journalists to the Duma building is passed, we will work out all organisational and technical issues with the foreign ministry", Savastyanova said.

In a letter addressed to T&R Productions LLC, the production company behind RT America, on Wednesday, the Executive Committee of the Congressional Radio & Television Correspondents' Galleries said that its members had voted unanimously to withdraw RT's credentials after the company was forced by the Justice Department to register as a foreign agent earlier this month.

Moscow would not like to enter a ban fight with Washington, which will affect the media of both countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, commenting on the decision to yank RT's Capitol Hill press credentials.

That means RT's reporters will not be able to have as much access to Congress as other foreign media.

Russian officials called the new legislation a "symmetrical response" to what they describe as US pressure on Russian media.

Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of RT, confirmed earlier this month that the company had met the USA demand to register as a foreign agent.

The Kremlin on Thursday called a US decision to withdraw the Congressional press credentials of Russia's RT broadcaster because of its status as "a foreign agent" in the United States an unfriendly step. There are 21 American media outlets accredited to work in Russian Federation, according to the website of the foreign ministry which keeps the register and issues documents to journalists.

Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he "absolutely understands" why the lawmakers are suggesting it, decrying what he described as "blatant attacks in violation of the freedom of speech" on the Russian media in the US.

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