Pushkov about the media-registered as a foreign agent: Russia went for a very soft way

© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite in fotoreceptor Committee of the State Duma on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov. Archival photoPushkov about the media-registered as a foreign agent: Russia went for a very soft way© RIA Novosti / Ilya Petliurite the image Bank

The Russian response to the US actions against RT TV channel had been proportionate, much now depends on the reaction of the American side — if the US decides that it’s time to stop here and stay, this is the most reasonable option, said the Russian Senator Alexey Pushkov.

«We are now in a situation where, I think, very much depends on the reaction of the American side. Not answer we could not, there is a need to understand. We answered, I think, more than proportionately, because no one American broadcaster, comparable to the RT, we do not put under the status of a foreign agent, and I think that could, in fact,» said Pushkov at a press conference on Tuesday.

According to him, Russia in this situation, went «soft». «If the United States deems that it is necessary and here to stay, I think that we are here and will stay. It would be probably the most sensible option,» he stressed.

Previously, RT was deprived of accreditation in the U.S. Congress because of its status invagent. Later, the Ministry of justice has included in the list of registered as a foreign agent operating in Russia, nine media, including «Voice of America» and «Radio Liberty».

The state Duma on 6 December passed a resolution banning the entrance to the lower chamber of the American media, a recognized registered as a foreign agent, calling it «balanced measures in connection with the decision to deprive several Russian journalists of accreditation in the U.S. Congress.»

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