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“They accuse our country of their own sins”: Russia responded to the British statement about disinformation from Moscow

Great Britain, which has repeatedly used propaganda to justify its actions, accuses Russia of “its own sins.” This was stated by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova, commenting on the call of the head of the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab, to the G7 countries to create a mechanism to counter disinformation from Russia. The Federation Council, in turn, noted that the United States and Great Britain are trying to “keep other countries in check” and at the same time divert attention from internal problems.

Great Britain, which has repeatedly used propaganda to justify its actions, accuses Russia of “its own sins.” This was stated by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

Thus, the representative of the department reacted to the statement of the head of the British Foreign Office, Dominique Raab, who called on the G7 countries to create a mechanism to counter disinformation from Russia.

“On the bright holiday of Easter, I will allow myself to answer by quoting the Monk Anthony the Great, who said:“ The last times will come when nine sick people will come to one healthy person and say: you are sick because you are not like us, ”Zakharova said.

“It’s time to think why countries that are sick through and through with propaganda, who have used it more than once to justify an armed invasion and overthrow of governments (this is how Britain and the United States acted in Iraq, inventing a story about chemical weapons), accuse our country of their own sins,” she said conversation with the radio station “Moscow speaking”.

In an interview with Reuters, Raab said that the G7 countries will consider a proposal to create a rapid response mechanism to counter Russian “propaganda” and disinformation.

Speaking ahead of the G7 foreign ministers’ summit in London, Raab said the UK is “urging the G7 countries to work together to create a mechanism to quickly deny false information” to counter Russian disinformation.

“Then in the event of spreading lies, propaganda or fake news, we will have the opportunity not only individually, but also jointly to refute them, telling the truth to our citizens, as well as to the people of Russia, China and the whole world,” added Raab.

According to the agency’s publication, according to representatives of the British, American and European security services, Russia and China by their actions are “trying to sow mistrust” in Western countries, in particular with the help of alleged misinformation about elections or a vaccine against coronavirus infection.

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Moscow has repeatedly denied such accusations from the British side. So, in December 2020, the Foreign Ministry, responding to the statement of the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, about the alleged spread of disinformation by Russia during the pandemic, noted that the EU, spreading “fake information”, demonized the Russian media.

“By calling for opposition to manipulation in the media, he himself seems to be demonstrating clear symptoms of being infected with infodemia,” said Maria Zakharova.

The department stressed that they perceive such statements as misleading, and also called Borrel’s words an attempt at unfair competition.

Sergei Tsekov, a member of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, in a conversation with RT, noted that Western countries consider themselves entitled to “monopolize the right to truth.”

“In their opinion, what they say is true, and what other states say is a lie. They, of course, are in great delusion, ”the senator said.

In his opinion, the United States and Great Britain are trying to “keep other countries in check”, and with the help of such statements they are trying to divert attention from their internal problems.

“The problem is that such ministers do not deeply understand the processes that are taking place in the world. They follow the path of self-destruction with such principles. Let them create whatever they want, by and large, it seems to me that this is of little concern to us. They are fighting primarily against themselves, ”the parliamentarian added.

A similar opinion was expressed by political scientist Yuri Svetov in an interview with RT. He noted that Western countries still hope that they are “still monopolies in these matters.”

“The way they formulate the information agenda, it must be accepted by all states, and this is not the case now. And hence this painful nervousness, hence the calls for unity. They still believe that if they support each other, then everyone will believe their statements, and the situation is changing, ”the expert said.

Recall that Josep Borrell at the end of March said that Russia is a dangerous neighbor and warned about the need to “contain” Moscow.

At the same time, Russia declared its readiness to contribute to the normalization of relations with the EU if the European partners take appropriate steps. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted in particular that Russia “will not knock on a closed door.” Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov also spoke about the need for mutual efforts to improve relations.

“Russia cannot endlessly beat its forehead against a concrete wall. Our desire, it should at least receive some kind of reciprocity from the European states, ”said Peskov on the air of Channel One.

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