Russia is preparing "reciprocal measures" against United States media after Washington ordered Kremlin-backed news Russia Today to register as a foreign agent.
The U.S. action against RT was taken after U.S. intelligence agencies accused Russian Federation of trying to interfere in last year's U.S. presidential election to help President Donald Trump win the White House, something Moscow has denied.
Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova also said on Thursday Russia was considering hitting the US for the deadline.
Nikolov noted that foreign agent status implies a wide range of measures by the United States authorities, but no one knows what exactly can follow after this status is acquired.
Zakharova did not specify which outlets would be targeted or what the actions would be. "Since such decisions are being made on USA territory in relation to our TV channels, it will be right for us to respond to these actions".
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The threat of retaliation against US media from the Kremlin is the latest in a diplomatic standoff that has resulted in both Moscow and Washington being forced to reduce embassy staff and give up diplomatic compounds. Deputy speaker Sergei Neverov said the amendments would also refer to social networks. According to CBS, "failure to register could mean the arrest of the channel's American director and the freezing of its accounts". "It deprives us of fair competition with other global channels, which are not registered as foreign agents".
RT, previously known as Russia Today, disputes that it is an agent of the Kremlin, arguing that it merely offers alternatives to mainstream news coverage. In the past, the ministry also has mentioned CNN, which does not receive USA government funds, but is a frequent target of criticism by the Russian government for what it says is anti-Russian bias in its reporting. Asked by a Russian television talk show host Thursday whether "The Washington Post and the New York Times should pack their suitcases", she said "Hold on, not all at once, we'll unpack our surprise bit by bit".
In its January report, US intelligence called RT "the Kremlin's principal worldwide propaganda outlet", saying it was part of "Russia's state-run propaganda machine", which had "contributed to the influence campaign by serving as a platform for Kremlin messaging".
The assessment also said RT America "has positioned itself as a domestic USA channel and has deliberately sought to obscure any legal ties to the Russian government, " but behind the scenes, "the Kremlin staffs RT and closely supervises RT's coverage, recruiting people who can convey Russian strategic messaging due to their ideological beliefs".
Human rights groups have condemned the label, who say it echoes Soviet-era attacks on dissidents.