Group The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), including NatWest Bank, rejected the idea of closing the accounts of TV channel Russia Today in the UK. As writes the newspaper the Times, the company feared that Moscow, in response, may block the accounts of the British broadcasting Corporation “bi-Bi-si” and to accuse London of violation of freedom of speech.
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“RBS has cancelled its punitive measure after Moscow said it will freeze funding for “bi-Bi-si” and a complaint to the UK in the international Supervisory authorities for breach of obligations in the area of freedom of speech,” the newspaper said.
On Monday, the National Westmister Bank (NatWest, a subsidiary of RBS – approx.) blocked accounts of Russia Today in the UK. The Bank’s decision came as a complete surprise to editor-in-chief of TV channel Margarita Simonyan. She linked the incident with “undeclared sanctions” the US and the UK.
With her fundamentally disagree Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. According to him, no Bank of such decisions on their own, could not accept it “clear as day”. “You need to remember the old wisdom, which says something like this: never treat others as you would wish they treated you,” added the Russian diplomat (quoted by RIA news).
Earlier the Russian foreign Ministry called the blocking of the accounts RT agreed with the official London action “to eliminate inconvenient for British officialdom, but the popular among the British public news site”. Official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova said that London leaving the European Union, decided to leave Europe with all its obligations under the freedom of speech.
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