(Moscow) The Kremlin on Tuesday denounced Washington’s “absurd” allegations that Russia was conducting an online “misinformation” campaign targeting two US-approved corona virus vaccines.
A U.S. diplomatic spokesman said Monday that Washington had “identified four Russian Internet sites run by Russian intelligence services” in both vaccines.
“We do not understand such statements, and we want to patiently and consistently explain that this is a complete nonsense,” Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian president, said on Tuesday.
“We have always been opposed to the idea of politicizing any issue related to vaccination,” Peskov added, adding that Russia had “never” spread such misinformation.
“Instead, Russia, in conjunction with other vaccine manufacturers, is working to find a more effective solution,” he continued.
According to the American newspaper The Wall Street Journal. U.S. health officials have given the green light to Moderna’s vaccine and more recently to Johnson & Johnson.
Russia produces the Sputnik V vaccine, which was developed by the Moscow laboratory Kamalina, accredited in 46 countries and the European Pharmaceutical Institute (EMA) began its study last week.
In recent years, the United States has repeatedly accused Russia of carrying out campaigns such as online misinformation, election interference and massive cyber attacks. Moscow has denied any responsibility each time.
Businessman Yevgeny Brigitte, a close friend of President Vladimir Putin, was particularly permitted by Washington to suspect that he played a role in Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, via the “goblin factory” on the Internet.
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