The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, commenting on rokirovka Bank accounts of Russia Today in the UK, rebuked the United Kingdom in the oppression of freedom of speech. In this case the chief editor of the Russian TV channel Margarita Simonyan has linked the incident with “undeclared sanctions” the U.S. and Britain.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova believes that freezing the accounts of the RT suggests that London leaving the European Union, decided to leave Europe with all its obligations under the freedom of speech. “As they say, into a new life without harmful habits” – ironically commented Zakharova in his Facebook hinting at a possible “brakit”.
Russian foreign Ministry Commissioner for human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov has criticized London of double standards. In his words, “freedom of speech finally lost Russophobic Albion in the mist”.
“The blocking of accounts, RT in Britain — another signal of intent London selective and biased approach to international obligations on human rights”, — he wrote in his microblog on Twitter.
The reason for freezing the accounts of RT in the UK lies in politics, assumed the chief editor of the information-the TV company Margarita Simonyan. According to her, problems with the Bank, the channel never happened.
“The only thing we comes to mind that perhaps this is a continuation of those famous, not-yet-announced sanctions, which the US, along with Britain intend to impose on Russia and who refused to support the European Union”, — said Simonyan “Газете.Ru” noting that he expects the support of the Russian authorities.
Previously editor-in-chief reported that all the accounts of RT in the UK are closed and this decision is not subject to revision. At the disposal of RIA Novosti was a copy of the letter which the Bank NatWest has written to the broadcaster. It says that the decision not to provide more television services, the Bank adopted after “thorough analysis,” but the specific reasons not specified.