Disinfo: Biden swears he will actively work against Russia


Biden has sworn he will ‘make’ Putin understand and pay the price for meddling in US democratic processes. He also promised to work ‘like crazy’ to impose new sanctions on Russia, find new ways to increase Russia’s losses and extend its level of isolation on the world stage.


A recurring Russian disinformation narrative about the new American presidency aiming to destabilise Russia and work against it.

Overly-expressive non-diplomatic language is used to describe the threatening plans of the US President elect. He has expressed his intentions to take a tougher stand against Russia compared to his predecessor, calling Russia an “opponent” and “biggest threat”, mainly because of Russian actions against Ukraine and the alleged Russian interference in US elections. In his official pre-election agenda, Joe Biden only refers to Russia in reference to its attacks on Western democracies and pledges to update arms controls arrangements. Russia has claimed this is talk of hatred and threats.


  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, election meddling


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