According to the statement, the decision to revoke the accreditation of RT journalists was made on November 21 after a secret ballot held at the committee. It came into effect immediately, BBC Russian service reported.

The Congress Management Committee said that, according to their internal regulations, agents or representatives of foreign governments are not eligible for accreditation.

Read alsoRussian law on foreign agents threat to free press: U.S. State Dep'tThe Russian ambassador to the U.S. called this decision another unfriendly step by the American side.

As reported earlier, on November 10, 2017, RT registered with the U.S. Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent.