Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the US statement that Russia is spreading fakes about the coronavirus. The diplomat called such accusations “deliberate stuffing”.
Earlier, the Straits Times reported that the US State Department suspected Russia of spreading fakes about the coronavirus. U.S. officials said that thousands of Russian-related accounts have spread false information about the disease on social networks, undermining global efforts to fight the epidemic. In addition, such users promote the idea that the US government is behind the COVID-2019 epidemic, thus damaging the country’s reputation, according to the State Department.
According to media reports, the State Department intends to deal with fake accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Dmitry Novikov said that there are different accounts on the network, including those that are trying to gain subscribers at any cost. Also, a politician did not rule out US involvement in the coronavirus epidemic in China. The politician noted that Washington has succeeded in creating biological weapons.
He also said that everything secret becomes clear sooner or later, and today’s assumptions may be confirmed in the future.
Andrey Suzdaltsev, Deputy Dean of the faculty of World Economics and World Politics at the Higher School of Economics, explained the US accusations of disinformation against Russia as attempts to take a convenient media position.
At the same time, he called the evidence base, which is supposed to confirm Russia’s guilt in disinformation, strange. He said that the statement saying that some millions of user accounts in social networks were specifically sponsored by the Kremlin for an information war against the White House, is unfounded.
At the same time, the very accusations against Russia indicate that Moscow is perceived as a threat in the West, the expert concluded.