The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Moscow has prepared a response to the requirements of the US Department of Justice for RT AMERICA to register as a foreign agent, Russia Today reports.
“There is an understanding that the practical stage of putting the measures in place will begin next week,” said Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.
She pointed out that the Russian side does not want to seize the opportunities “given by the media law to respond to the distortion of reality in the American media .. But (remain) there are moments of truth and other can not be passed.”
“The impatience of the people, which is almost depleted, will soon be translated by legislators to the legal level,” she said.
Last September, the US Justice Department ordered a company that serves Russia’s RT satellite channel in the United States to register itself as a “foreign agent”.
The media office of the channel at the time, that the decision of the ministry came against the background of the discussion of a bill introduced for consideration in the House of Representatives aims to change the mechanism of application of the law of registration of foreign customers. Under the bill, the Justice Department, part of the FBI, has additional powers to detect and prosecute organizations that attempt to influence political processes in the United States illegally.
According to the media office, the company that serves the RT America channel in the United States, including its daily activities and television production, received a letter from the US Department of Justice asking it to register in accordance with the Law on Registration of Foreign Customers, “given the nature of the work you do for RT “.