The official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova said that Russia will cancel the restrictive measures against the media – foreign agents after this step go to the US authorities, reports RBC.
«Our amendments are, first, mirror-like, reactive. Second, all measures were taken against American media or now being made, will be void, abolished, when the United States will cancel the relevant measures against the Russian TV channel RT, and other mass media», – said Zakharov.
It also does not consider asymmetric actions. «Russian law provides administrative responsibility for failure, and the American criminal», she said.
On 22 November, the bill on recognition of the foreign media foreign agents was approved by the Federation Council of the Russian Federation. On 25 November he was signed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
The Ministry of justice has included nine mass media in the registry of foreign agents. The list includes «Voice of America, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)» TV channel «Now», Tatar-Bashkir service of «Radio Liberty» (AzatliqRadiosi), «Siberia.Realities», «Idel.Realities», «Pictograph», «The Caucasus.Reality» and «Crimea.Realities».
The concept of «foreign agent» is regulated by the adopted in 2012 amendments to various Russian laws. This agent is a non-profit organization that receives money from foreign States, organizations and citizens and is also involved in political activities in Russia. Foreign agents must register with the Ministry of justice and to indicate their status in all publications. Their financial statements are subject to statutory audit, must also report to the authorities about their activities.
The U.S. justice Department in November ordered the RT register in the registry of foreign agents. 9 Nov editor-in-chief of TV channel Margarita Simonyan said that Russia Today «to submit» requirement of the U.S. Department of justice.
As noted by Yahoo News, register as a foreign agent does not mean the termination of broadcasting of RT in the US. Changed the scheme of filing financial reports of the branch, and produced his program should be labeled as propaganda of a foreign government.
Zakharova said that the Russian law on mass media-foreign agents may be canceled if the US will lift sanctions against Russia Today 07.12.2017