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Russian parliament to discuss ban on access for US media

| Updated: December 03, 2017 12:22:43

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Russian lawmakers are to discuss a proposal to bar representatives of US media organisations from accessing the lower house of parliament, RIA news agency quoted the chair of one of the chamber’s committees as saying.

Olga Savastyanova, who chairs the chamber’s rules and regulations committee, said her committee would consider a resolution containing the proposal next Monday, according to the arab news.

It would be put forward for approval of the chamber, known as the State Duma, on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“It’s a ban on journalists who represent American media, all American media, visiting the State Duma,” RIA quoted Savastyanova as saying. She represents the ruling United Russia party, which holds a majority of the seats in the chamber.

US authorities have designated Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT as a “foreign agent,” after intelligence officials alleged it tried to meddle in the US presidential election last year. RT denies that.

The Kremlin has pledged to retaliate in kind. At the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Russian authorities to designate some foreign media as “foreign agents.”

The move to deny US journalists access to the State Duma was a response to a similar move in Washington, RIA quoted Savastyanova as saying.

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