In response to U.S., Putin signs bill targeting foreign media

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill allowing Russia to register international media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the U.S. demand made to a Kremlin-funded TV channel.

Move is Russia's retaliation after state-funded RT was registered as a foreign agent in U.S.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11. (The Associated Press)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill allowing Russia to register international media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the U.S. demand made to a Kremlin-funded TV channel.

Putin signed the bill into law Saturday after the upper chamber of the Russian parliament adopted it Wednesday. The move comes after state-funded RT television was registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent following pressure from Washington.

Prior to the law coming into effect, Russia's Justice Ministry last week warned U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, along with its regional outlets, that they could be designated as foreign agents under the new measure.

Members of the Russian parliament are seen during a session at the parliament's lower house in Moscow on Wednesday. Putin signed the bill into law Saturday after the upper chamber of the Russian parliament adopted it Wednesday. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/Associated Press)