“Nessuna banca può prendere in maniera autonoma questo tipo di decisioni”. Lo ha detto il ministro degli esteri, Sergey Lavrov a proposito della decisione della National Westminster Bank di bloccare i conti nel regno Unito dell’emittente russa Rt. “La situazione – ha proseguito Lavrov - è piuttosto chiara. E un antico adagio merita di essere ricordato: non fare agli altri quello che non vorresti fosse fatto a te”. Ma Londra si difende per bocca del capo della diplomazia britannica Boris Johnson. “Ho preso atto della decisione assunta in maniera assolutamente autonoma dalla NatWest".

The UK bank that blocked the RT broadcaster's accounts may have acted on orders from above, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday. "It is clear as day that it was not the bank that made the decision, neither this nor any other bank. No bank can make these decisions on their own," Lavrov said at a briefing. RT's Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday the broadcaster's accounts had been blocked in the United Kingdom. RT UK said it has been informed by the National Westminster Bank that banking arrangements with the broadcaster are null and void. "The situation is quite clear. I think we need to remember the old wisdom that goes something like this: never treat others the way you would not want them to treat you," Lavrov stressed. The decision to block accounts of the RT broadcaster in the United Kingdom was taken independently by the bank, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Tuesday. RT's Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said Monday the broadcaster's accounts had been blocked in the United Kingdom. RT UK said it has been informed by the National Westminster Bank that banking arrangements with the broadcaster are null and void. "I noted the decision of the NatWest bank to withdraw support for RT, that was a wholly independently taken decision," Johnson told the House of Commons.