The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia has expressed “deep concern” regarding the situation around the accounts of a Russian company, Russia Today TV UK Ltd. in the United Kingdom. A statement published on the official website of the Department.
From the message of the communications Department of the foreign Ministry, it follows that at the last meeting of Possoveta the OSCE, the Russian side raised the question about accounts of the Russian TV channel RT, said that “abnormal situation” creates problems for the operation of the channel in the normal mode.
“The reasoning of the partners, referring to the fact that the government seemingly has nothing to do with what is happening nothing, it seems, to put it mildly, questionable given the fact that more than 70% of the capital of the Royal Bank of Scotland, which includes NatWest, owned by the state”, — the document says.
The foreign Ministry noted that as reasoning for their actions in the UK voiced, including the thesis about the low ratings RT. “The argument is not only doubt — according to statistics from RT more than 4 billion views on Youtube — but the questions is: what if the Russian TV channel was ahead of the British, then it would just shut down? In addition, strange looks and the fact that British Bank (if it does, the Bank) is engaged in the rating calculation, not finances.”
About blocking the accounts of RT chief editor of the channel Margarita Simonyan said in his Twitter account on 17 October. Later Simonyan said that “account not locked” and “closed”. Published on the newspaper’s website the letter from the Bank NatWest has said that the closure of accounts should occur in December, and the card service will be discontinued as of November 14.
The next day the Russian foreign Ministry lock accounts RT called harmonized with the official London action “to eliminate inconvenient for British officialdom, but the popular among the British public news site”. Later, the Agency has threatened Britain with retaliation.