Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov has expressed "concern" about the situation regarding RT in the US, and supported the activities of the TV channel in the country, as reported by TASS.
The diplomat said in an address to the channel’s staff that RT draws "a real picture of what is happening in the world." "I would like to express support for the activities that you are carrying out. We are very worried about what is happening around RT, and we want to assure you that we are with you,” said Antonov.
The US authorities warned the RT TV channel in September that it would have to register as Foreign Agent in the US. In response, the Russian Ministry of Justice sent similar warnings in October to American media in Russia, including Radio Liberty and Voice of America among others.
RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan initially protested against the need to register as a Foreign Agent, and called the deadlines named by the US authorities "cannibalistic." However, she later agreed to follow all instructions of the US Department of Justice.
On November 13, Simonyan stated that the TV channel had registered as a Foreign Agent. The US Justice Department confirmed this.