United States media banned from Russian Duma

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Reporters representing USA media outlets will be banned from Russian Parliament, in a response for Russia's Kremlin-funded global TV news channel RT having its Congressional press accreditation stripped earlier this week.

"We have been studying the situation that has happened with your company".

The minister was speaking at a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart, Angelino Alfano, on Friday, where an RT correspondent asked him about Moscow's response to the U.S. congressional press office's decision this week to revoke RT America's credentials citing its status of a "foreign agent". "I'm convinced that it's absolutely unacceptable for any more or less respectable, civilized country", Lavrov said. "The ban will impact all American media", she said, according to the Duma's official website.

"It's a ban on journalists who represent American media, all American media, visiting the State Duma", the RIA news agency quoted Savastyanova as saying about the proposed ban in Moscow.

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"Such blatant attacks against foreign media, particularly Russian ones - which are in violation of the world practice of freedom of speech - they, unfortunately, are blossoming in the US", Peskov said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters that the Kremlin understood why lawmakers wanted to hit back against the United States for its mistreatment of Russian media.

Russian officials have said the move is a retaliatory response to the US government forcing RT to register under FARA. At the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing the Russian authorities to designate some foreign media as "foreign agents".

Russian officials called the new legislation a "symmetrical response" to what they describe as USA pressure on Russian media.

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