Germany Takes RT Deutsch Off Air

A European satellite operator has stopped broadcasting the Russian state-run international television station RT via satellite just days after its launch. 

German regulators said the station did not have a license to operate in the country, prompting Paris-based Eutelsat to remove RT from the list of channels broadcast on its satellite.

“The broadcast is in German and targets the German market… It did not apply for a broadcasting permit, and nor was one issued,” the broadcast authority for the German capital, Berlin, where RT has offices, said.

Meanwhile, RT said it holds a license in Serbia, which gives it the right to broadcast in Germany under the terms of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, a Council of Europe agreement to which both countries are party.

“We consider the actions of the German regulator to be illegal and are convinced that this decision will be reviewed in court,” RT said in a statement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would retaliate “if this unacceptable situation continues.”

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin called to end the “discrimination” against RT.

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