RT France, the Kremlin-funded television station, announces its closure after freezing its accounts

“After five years of harassment, the authorities have achieved their goal: RT France will be shut down,” Ksenia Fedorova tweeted.

According to her, 123 employees may not receive salaries for the month of January and may lose their jobs as a result of the freezing of their accounts, which was carried out as part of the latest European Union (EU) sanctions against Russia.

Moscow has already warned that it will take retaliatory measures in response to such actions by the French finance ministry, which were first reported by RT France unions on Friday.

“Retaliatory measures will be taken against the French media in Russia due to the blocking of RT France accounts,” said an anonymous foreign ministry source quoted by TASS and RIA Novosti news agencies, accusing Paris of “terrorizing Russian journalists.”

The French finance ministry explained to the AFP news agency that the network’s assets were frozen in accordance with the latest EU sanctions and not at the initiative of Paris.

Shortly after the Kremlin sent its forces into Ukraine in February 2022, the European Union banned the broadcasts of Russian state media outlets RT and Sputnik throughout the Community.

RT France appealed the ban, but the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected it in July and upheld the ban.

RT France was banned from broadcasting for spreading disinformation.

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