Seemingly pre-empting the announcement, Margarita Simonyan, RT’s the editor-in-chief, earlier on Thursday tweeted: “Hope @jack won’t forget to tell @congressdotgov how @Twitter pitched @RT_com to spend big $$s on US elex ad campaign.”

She added, in a subsequent tweet, “A reminder @RT_com is an exemplary @Twitter partner.”

The news site also published an Op-Ed, in which it claimed, “RT has never been involved in any illegal activity online, and that it never pursued an agenda of influencing the U.S. election through any platforms, including Twitter.”

The state-funded news agency RIA Novosti published a screenshot apparently showing that the Twitter account of Sputnik’s French branch no longer had access to Twitter’s ad service.