Breaking News: Russia Today bank accounts reportedly blocked in Britain (updated)

14:27 Oct. 17, 2016

Russia Today bank accounts reportedly blocked in Britain (updated)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is shown on a screen of a camera viewfinder during his visit to the new headquarters of "Russia Today" TV channel in Moscow, Russia, June 11, 2013 (AP Photo)

The Kremlin-backed broadcaster is infamous for misleading reports on Syria and Ukraine

The UK has frozen all bank accounts owned by Russia Today (RT), BBC reported citing the editor-in-chief of Russia's state-run broadcaster Margarita Simonyan.

"They've closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. 'The decision is not subject to review.' Praise be to freedom of speech!" Simonyan tweeted.

She did not say why the accounts had been blocked.

The channel said its London office had received a letter from NatWest bank that read: "We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities."

The bank said the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is a part, would refuse to service RT.

RT has previously been sanctioned by Ofcom for biased reporting on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.

A UK Treasury spokesperson said the department will provide a statement on the issue later today.

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