UK bank to close down Russian network’s accounts

The British bank National Westminster has decided to close down the accounts of the Russian broadcaster RT without offering any explanation.

“They’ve closed our accounts in Britain. All our accounts. ‘The decision is not subject to review.’ Praise be to freedom of speech!” the network’s Editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said in a tweet on Monday.

In a letter to RT’s London office, NatWest announced that it would no longer count the channel as a client, but stopped short of specifying the reason.

“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’s letter read, adding that the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, which owns NatWest, will never service RT.

NatWest said the decision was final and that it was “not prepared to enter into any discussion in relation to it.”

Despite the initial statement, Simonyan wrote in tweet on…

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