Putin vows to retaliate for US actions

Published: November 11, 2017 21:39:13 | Updated: November 12, 2017 21:21:33

US President Donald Trump (right) and Russias President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Saturday, Nov 11, 2017. – Photo: AP

President Vladimir Putin is promising that Russia will retaliate for what he calls attacks on Russian media in the United States.

Putin's comments at a news conference Saturday in Vietnam follow complaints by the Kremlin-funded RT satellite TV channel that the US Justice Department has ordered it to register as a foreign agent by Monday.

Putin says "attacking our media in the United States is an attack on freedom of speech, without any doubt," and promised to retaliate, reports abcnews.go.com.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said the station would register, since otherwise its American director could be arrested and its accounts frozen. She says "we categorically disagree with this requirement" and vowed to sue. She says "this requirement is discriminatory, it contradicts both the principles of democracy and freedom of speech."


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