American media to get accreditation in Russia's Foreign Ministry, Spokeswoman says
On November 15, the State Duma adopted the law allowing to recognize any foreign structure distributing information, irrespective of its legal form, as a 'foreign agent'.
During a meeting of the committee on control and regulations of the State Duma, the official representative of the Russia’s Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, announced that the Ministry is not intended to deprive the US media of the right to get accreditation for the work in Russia. “They [journalists] can continue to perform their work in the territory of the Russian Federation freely,” Interfax quotes her.
Commenting on the possible ban of access of media foreign agents to the State Duma, madam Zakharova said that it can be extended to “nine-ten media of the USA”. “And which [media] exactly – let it be a surprise,” she said.
“As for the number of foreign media from the USA which is accredited in our country, at the moment there are 23 of them, 117 journalists work for them,” the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs specified. According to her, in general at the moment, 900 representatives of the foreign media accredited from about 300 foreign media work in the territory of Russia.
Today the State Duma Committee on control and regulations unanimously supported the draft of the resolution on the ban of visit of the lower house of the Russian parliament by journalists of the American media recognized as foreign agents.
On November 15, the State Duma adopted the law allowing to recognize any foreign structure distributing information, irrespective of its legal form, as a 'foreign agent'. The law was a counter-action to a similar act by the US after including the Russian RT TV channel and Sputnik news agency in the list of foreign agents.
According to the Russian MIA’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, the detention of Russian woman Maria Butina in the US was specifically timed to coincide with the summit of Putin and Trump in order to minimize the effect of the presidents’ meeting.