While in Vietnam, President Vladimir Putin vowed that Russia will retaliate for what he calls attacks on Russian media in the United States. Putin added that “attacking our media in the United States is an attack on freedom of speech, without any doubt.”
RT chief editor Margarita Simonyan said U.S. officials had ordered the channel to register under the foreign agent law, known as FARA. In fact, the U.S. Justice Department has ordered RT to register as a foreign agent by Monday.
Margarita Simonyan said the station would register, since otherwise its American director could be arrested and its accounts frozen. She added that “we categorically disagree with this requirement” and vowed to sue.”
According to her, “this requirement is discriminatory, it contradicts both the principles of democracy and freedom of speech.”
Russia has warned that some U.S. media operations in Russia may be restricted in response to the U.S recent action against the RT tv network.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said “Clearly, in the case of continued pressure, continued violation of the rights of our media to work unimpeded, I cannot rule out that actions will be taken in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.”