Estonia is weighing whether to ban broadcasting of Russian channels RT

The Estonian government is weighing the possibility on the example of Latvia to ban broadcasting of Russian TV channels in the country, Russia Today reported on Monday the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Baltic Republic Urmas Reinsalu.

Last week Latvia has banned broadcasting of channels RT, RT HD, RT Arabic, RT Spanish, RT Documentary HD, RT Documentary, RT TV, having reasoned its decision by the fact that they belong to the General Director of MIA "Russia today" Dmitry Kiselev, who is under EU sanctions. While Kiselev is the Director General of MIA "Russia today", while the chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan, for which no EU sanctions do not apply. These companies were two separate legal entities, this information is well known and is in the public domain. Commenting on the decision of Latvia and Lithuania, Simonyan wrote that now expects the same from the government of Estonia.

According to Reinsalu, he endorses the actions of Latvia, but to go on the same steps and in Estonia will be analysed, which must prove that the restriction of the broadcast channel — a sure step to implement financial sanctions. "We are talking only about those Pro-Kremlin channels, the beneficiaries of which are persons who are in the sanctions list," - said the Minister of foreign Affairs portal Delfi.

Employee of the Department of public relations of the foreign Ministry of Estonia Kairi Saar-Isop noted that the competent authority for the application of financial sanctions in the country is the Bureau of data on money laundering (RAB). "Estonia and Latvia are very close on those issues. The competent authority for the application of financial sanctions in Estonia is RAB. RAB analyzes the possible actions, evaluates the transmitted Latvian partners information and form on the basis of their position," reported Saar-Isop.

To establish restrictions on Russian TV channel should be issued meets the requirements of RAB. For this RAB needs to prove the economic sanctions the relationship of a person with the channel.

The authorities of the Baltic countries repeatedly obstructed the work of the Russian media. The Russian foreign Ministry stated with clear signs of a coordinated line of those States. Cases of harassment of the media in the Baltic countries, noted in the Russian Ministry, "demonstrate, which in practice are demagogic statements about the commitment of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn to the principles of democracy and freedom of speech". Pressure from the authorities of Estonia were also attacked journalists Sputnik Estonia, which has received from the leadership of the police and border guard Board direct threats of excitation against them criminal cases if they are until January 1, 2020 will not stop labour relations with the parent organization.