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    Western Media Use Made-Up Facts to Promote Anti-Russia Propaganda

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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Western media use made-up data to promote an anti- Russia propaganda campaign.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Western media use made-up data to promote an anti- Russia propaganda campaign, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

    "Lately, a growing number of reports in the Western media outlets appeared claiming that Russian officials had been making untrue statements about the growing number of Syrian [refugees] returning home from abroad," Zakharova said.

    According to the spokeswoman, such media statements are themselves based on non-existing facts.

    "The confusion with the numbers is apparently caused by a lack of understanding by these journalists of a difference between internally displaced persons who had not left the country and refugees who had crossed its borders," Zakharova said in a statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry's website.

    It is "hard to say," whether these reports are based more on "the desire to somehow humiliate Russia" or on "banal incompetence," Zakharova added.

    According to the website of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the number of internally displaced persons in Syria decreased by almost half a million people in recent months.

    This improvement could be a result of Russian airstrikes on jihadist militant positions in war-torn Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman said.

    Russia has been conducting airstrikes on terrorist positions in Syria since September 30 following a request by Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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    • Eva Brown
      100% rigth !!! Is a pitty that european unikn do have not any politician even at feet Putin level ... neither Americans... but well sh'is great no doubt.
    • Skevin
      But they have no choice. UE policy is a policy of thieves. They want to control Syria Lybia, Irak...Ukraine also and they cannot claim openly what is their goal. They are driven to say that the fight for democracy and freedom aside with Quatar and Saoud Arabia. Who could believe them? Nobody. They have a huge handicap facing Poutine who can just tell the truth. One unique solution: propaganda (but event in this field they are not so good).
    • Darcy Lee
      Well; the western media pretty much has no credibility anymore. But they keep trying. They don't seem to realize that lies are very easy to unmask these days; as information is so easily accessible; so all they do is discredit themselves, and the people get angrier and more fed up by such manipulations by our governments. I'm in Canada. Mostly I hear from fellow Canadians that the US is an aggressive and untrustworthy nation. Most here see clearly that Russia is the one acting with circumspect, intelligence in a dangerous situation. We think any sanity in all of this is thanks to Putin.
    • avatar
      What was done to the Native American Indians is being done on a world wide scale.
      Don't feel safe. Sooner or later if will be your turn to be a refugee or dead.
      The time is now for action and deterrence.
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