Foreign Ministry comments on UK’s decision to freeze RT's bank accounts
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova has criticized the UK’s decision to block all British bank accounts belonging to Russia's state-owned English-language TV channel RT.
"It looks like when London left the EU, it abandoned all of its commitments to freedom of speech in Europe. As they say, a new life without bad habits," Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page.
She was referring to a tweet from RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, who said: “Our bank accounts in the UK have been closed. All of our accounts. The decision is not subject for revision. Long live freedom of speech!”
Нам закрыли счета в Британии. Все счета. 'Решение пересмотру не подлежит'. Да здравствует свобода слова!— Маргарита Симоньян (@M_Simonyan) 17 October 2016
Simonyan told the news channel Rossiya 24 that the British government had no grounds for this move, since RT carries out “absolutely transparent work there and [has] transparent financing.”
The authorities responsible have apparently not given any reasons for doing so.
RT has been broadacsting 24-hour news in English from Moscow as an offshoot of the RIA Novosti news agency since 2005. Simonyan has been Editor-in-Chief since its very beginning.