Vladimir Putin threatens to BAN all British media from operating in Russia if state broadcaster RT loses its UK licence over spy poison plot

The Sun | 3/13/2018 | Staff
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RUSSIA has threatened to ban British reporters from its country if its state broadcaster loses its UK licence as the row over the chemical attack on an ex-spy intensifies.

It comes after Britain's media regulator said Russia Today (RT) faces losing its licence to broadcast in the UK if Moscow was found to be behind the Salisbury chemical attack on a former Russian double agent.

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Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry, was quoted by the state-run RIA news agency as saying: "Not a single British media outlet will work in our country if they shut down Russia Today (RT)".

It is unclear whether the threat to ban British media will extend to World Cup coverage on television, radio and newspapers.

Blunt - Prime - Minister - Theresa - May

Meanwhile in a blunt warning to Prime Minister Theresa May's government, Zakharova also said nobody should threaten a nuclear power, alluding to Russia.

Mrs May has said Moscow may have been behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury and has said it is ready to take tough action against Moscow.

Lawmakers - Russia - Today - Poisoning

But some British lawmakers have said Russia Today should be blocked after the poisoning.

The round-the-clock news network is funded by Vladimir Putin's government to broadcast news with an edge for viewers who want to "question more".

Ofcom - Broadcasting - Code - Britain - Today

Meanwhile Ofcom, which enforces the broadcasting code in Britain, has said today any ruling that Russia had acted unlawfully against Britain over the poisoning would be taken into consideration when assessing the network.

The regulator said has an ongoing duty to check that holders of licences are "fit and proper".

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