DISINFO: The US government demonises Russia and depicts President Putin as “the new Hitler”
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DISINFO: The US government demonises Russia and depicts President Putin as “the new Hitler”


Washington demonises Russia, conducts aggressive military maneuvers in Russia’s sphere of influence and rejects Russia’s president depicting him as “the new Hitler”.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the US and other Western states pursue a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia, that the US seeks to foment “colour revolutions” in post-Soviet nations and in Russia itself, that Russophobia dominates the West’s thinking about Russia, and that NATO is encircling Russia. According to this narrative the West seeks to humiliate, weaken, disintegrate, conquer or subdue Russia, in order to portray Russia as the victim of unjustified aggression against which it must defend itself. The article provides no evidence to support its claims. The US and other Western governments have accused Russia of specific unacceptable international actions which undermine stability and security, such as Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the aggression against Eastern Ukraine using hybrid warfare tools, the shooting down of flight MH17, Russian interference in US and Western European elections, the poisoning of Sergey Skripal and his daughter in the UK. Moreover, the US government has never stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin is “the new Hitler”, nor have the US or its allies conducted aggressive military manoeuvres in Russia’s sphere of influence. Read here similar cases claiming that the West is trying to overthrow Putin and to destroy Russia, and that US and NATO military exercises, such as Defender 2020, are directed against Russia.


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