The pre-election campaign in the US does not escape the attention of pro-Kremlin media.
Sputnik does indeed report more frequently about Donald Trump than about the other candidates.
“A great relationship with Putin”
A look at the 29 articles Sputnik dedicated to the US primaries between 21 and 28 April shows that their headlines mention Trump three times more frequently than Hillary Clinton and almost as many times as all other candidates put together.
Sputnik favours quoting those of Trump’s positions that chime with pro-Kremlin narratives. This week, it highlighted his words: “We are going to have a great relationship with Putin and Russia“.
Sputnik has also portrayed him as “sick and tired” of US antagonism to Russia: “Why is it that Germany is not dealing with NATO on Ukraine? […] Why are we always the one that’s leading, potentially the third world war, okay, with Russia?,” it quotes the Republican politician.
A brave pro-Putin political maverick
Russia Today, in its turn, reports how Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, praises Trump’s pragmatism and readiness for cooperation, while severely criticising Hillary Clinton.
Aljazeera draws its conclusions: “Donald Trump is a brave pro-Putin political maverick who would end US foreign wars and perhaps lift sanctions on Moscow. […] Russian state TV [..] leaves little doubt about who Moscow supports in November’s US presidential election: ‘The Donald’.”
RT disagrees: An opinion piece published this week states:
“Sections of the American establishment believe the Kremlin supports Donald Trump. It doesn’t. However, many Russians are concerned a future President Hillary will further worsen, already appalling, relations between Moscow and Washington.”