RT: NatWest to close Russian channel’s UK bank accounts
NatWest bank is to close the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster, RT.
Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan tweeted: “They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to review.’ Praise be to freedom of speech!”
The bank said the decision was “not taken lightly” and that the accounts were “still operative” at present. An MP from Russia’s ruling party has said its parliament will demand an explanation from the UK.
RT says the entire Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group, of which NatWest is part, is refusing to provide its services…. [read more]
Bank didn’t decide to close RT accounts in Britain on its own – Lavrov
The decision by a majority-British government-owned bank to stop servicing RT UK’s accounts could not have been taken by the institution independently, Russia’s foreign minister says. The British government denies any involvement in the situation.
NatWest bank, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, informed that it intends to stop servicing RT UK and that the decision was not subject to discussion. Commenting on the accounts closure on Tuesday, Sergey Lavrov insisted that the decision had not been taken by the bank independently.
“It’s as clear as day that this decision was not made by the bank. And not any other bank – banks don’t make such decisions on their own,” he said. “I believe an old saying is appropriate here: don’t treat others the way you don’t wish to be treated yourself.”…. [read more]
British Bank Abruptly Drops Russian Network RT’s Accounts
MOSCOW — Russia’s main English-language satellite network complained on Monday that its British bank was abruptly closing its accounts. The network, which reported on the decision, called it a British-government-sanctioned attempt to interfere with freedom of speech.
It was the latest controversy for the network, RT, originally and still commonly known as Russia Today. The broadcaster presents itself as an alternative to the Western media, but critics call it a Kremlin-financed mouthpiece that seeks to create an alternative to reality….. [read more]
MOVE DOWN “Beyond that, he said, the bank may be following a lead, either directly or indirectly, from the United States, which has been weighing its response to Russian hacking of American computers and servers. The bank’s action could be a kind of “veiled sanction,” he said, aimed at “trying to convey to the propaganda sources that they are increasingly finding their life difficult in the West.”
lhwm notes: What did OBAMA just do to America – FREEDOM IS NOW OFFLINE: OBAMA SUCCESSFULLY GIVES THE INTERNET AWAY TO MULTINATIONAL GLOBAL ENTITIES. Get prepared! They are wanting the TRUTH to be eradicated and begin to feed us all LIES. Better believe this is going to happen here. If it affected RT this much then be prepared because it is coming here.
BETTER BELIEVE THIS HAS TO DO WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH