Russia Mulls Blocking U.S. Media From Moscow After RT Credentials Withdrawn

3241067 11/22/2017 Member of the State Duma Committee on Defense and Security Alexei Pushkov during an interval in a Federation Council meeting. Iliya Pitalev/Sputnik via AP

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian lawmaker says that U.S. media could lose access to government agencies in retaliation for the withdrawal of a Kremlin-funded television station’s credentials in the United States.

A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists on Wednesday withdrew credentials for Kremlin-funded RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the committee on information policy at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, told the RIA Novosti news agency on Thursday that “a mirror response should follow.”

Foreign correspondents in Russia can access govern agencies with their press credentials issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry. Pushkov said the lawmakers would work on the new restrictions together with the foreign ministry.

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