The Russian Ambassador's residence in the UK will raise before the British foreign office the question of closing the Barclay Bank’s account of the mission of the MIA "Russia Today" in London, said the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.
"Incomprehensible, without explanation, the closure of the British Bank Barclay" s account of the representative office of the Russian state news Agency MIA "Russia Today" cannot but arouse our concern. Appropriate explanations were requested from the Ministry of foreign Affairs at the British Embassy in the Russian capital. Will raise this question and in our contacts with the foreign Office. It is important for us to know what are the reasons for this arbitrary action, whence the command or pressure ", – the Ambassador said RIA " Novosti ".
"For the second year of our Western partners, not being able to sell to European public opinion own approach to the Ukrainian crisis, blame the Russian Federation in promoting and even discuss, the European Union, the questions of "fighting" with her. No counter-propaganda will not help if the truth is not on your side " – Yakovenko said. The diplomat drew attention that the incident cannot be regarded differently, As an attempt of censorship, the desire to block the work of the media, giving an alternative point of view to the local official recall, through the mission of the MIA "Russia Today" Barclay Bank " s in the UK July 8, was closed in the sole, due to the sanctions measures of the British Treasury. Access to information on it is prohibited. As stated, the UK Treasury has made to the list of persons subject to financial penalties, the General Director of "Russia Today" Dmitry Kiselev, because of what MIA could be subject to financial limits. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation asked in a persistent form from the British authorities to explain the closure of the account MIA " Russia Today "." The Russian side has requested the British authorities to urgently clarify the circumstances of the closure of the accounts offices of the state news Agency Russia – MIA "Russia Today" – Barclay Bank " s London ", – reported in the report of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Explaining the incident, the General Director of MIA "Russia Today" Dmitry Kiselyov also said that the closure of the accounts of the Agency's representative offices in the Bank Barclay " s in the UK – censorship and direct interference with the work of correspondents.