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Oct 17 Royal Bank of Scotland said on
Monday Russian broadcaster RT's bank accounts in Britain
remained open and were still operative, responding to a
complaint by RT that it had been told that the accounts were to
In a letter published earlier on RT's web site, RBS's
subsidiary NatWest was quoted as saying it had decided to
withdraw its services to RT in Britain after "careful
consideration" and that the determination was final.
RT said NatWest had not explained why it was withdrawing its
banking services in Britain and accused the bank of attacking
freedom of speech.
"These decisions are not taken lightly. We are reviewing the
situation and are contacting the customer to discuss this
further. The bank accounts remain open and are still operative,"
a spokeswoman for RBS later said in response.
(Reporting by Sangameswaran S in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg