Ambassador Antonov on the decision by the US Congressional Press Galleries to withdraw credentials from the Russian broadcaster RT

November 30, 2017

The decision by the US Congressional Press Galleries to withdraw credentials from the Russian broadcaster RT represents a direct violation of the main principle of freedom of speech. Most importantly, the thing that the Americans are so proud of today is freedom of the press. This is a direct violation of the main principle of the freedom of press in the United States. I would like to remind that we have been told a lot in the recent days that RT's registration as foreign agent under FARA will not lead to any negative consequences, first of all with regards to its operations, obtaining information, and it's professional work in the United States.Today's decision is an obvious fact, showing how things diverge from words. And we were told at a very high level, at the level of the State Department official.