This file photo taken on July 31, 2017 shows a Russian flag flying next to the US embassy building in Moscow. (AFP / Mladen ANTONOV)
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Russian lawmakers raced Friday to draft measures requiring U.S. media outlets and possibly social media networks to register as foreign agents, saying they could be adopted as early as next week.The measures, which are being prepared ahead of Russia's presidential election in March, would be a huge blow to already tattered U.S.-Russia ties.Lawmakers said the measures targeting U.S. media would be "reciprocal" and would set the same limitations that U.S. authorities were seeking to impose on Russian media.The head of Russia Today, Margarita Simonyan, said the broadcaster was "suddenly" told by Washington it had until Monday to register as a "foreign agent" in the United States or face having its accounts frozen, among other measures.She said RT would challenge the demand by the U.S. Department of Justice in court.
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