UK slaps new sanctions on Russian media, including RT — Analysis

The restrictions are meant to ensure that RT and Sputnik “will not be able to find [their] way back on UK televisions”

On Thursday, Liz Truss, the UK’s Foreign Secretary, announced a new set of sanctions against Russia. These will be directed at state-funded TV-Novosti (which runs RT) and Rossiya Segodnya (which runs Sputnik News).

London called the sanctions “unjustified” “Russian propagandists and state media who spread lies and deceit about Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.”

Ofcom, the UK media regulator, took broadcasting licenses away from Russian media earlier in March. It claimed they were not in a position for covering the Ukraine crisis. RT stated in a statement, “This move shows that Ofcom isn’t an independent regulator and that it is following the political objectives of the government.”

London stated that they are preventing British citizens listening to Russian opinions about events in Ukraine. They will “prevent companies and individuals operating in the UK from doing business with Russian state propaganda vehicles RT and Sputnik”Ensure that your children are safe “will not be able to find [their] way back on UK televisions,”In a statement, it stated.

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Total of 14 additional sanctions were placed. The US government applied 14 new sanctions to the media and well-known hosts on TV. They also target General Mikhail Mizintsev (a top Russian military planner), who was named in the US government’s statement. “the butcher of Mariupol,”The Ukrainian port city has been the scene of some intense fighting.

In its support of Kiev, the UK was vocal in arming and training Ukrainian soldiers and urging non-Western countries to cooperate with the US’s effort to isolate and punish Moscow.

Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. Minsk Protocol, which was negotiated by France and Germany, was intended to regulate the state of regions in the Ukrainian country.

Russia demanded Ukraine be declared neutral by the United States and refuse to join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.

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