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    War of Words: US Wages Information Campaign Against Russia

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    The success of the ongoing Russian airborne campaign in Syria has prompted Washington to launch an information war against Moscow.

    While Moscow proposed that all warring sides in Syria declare a ceasefire starting on March 1, the US continues to insist on an immediate cessation of hostilities, claiming that Moscow is stalling in order to allow the Syrian army to complete its ongoing offensive.

    Also, on February 10 US warplanes carried out an airstrike against the Syrian city of Aleppo, with Washington immediately blaming Russia for the deed.

    According to Araik Stepanyan, executive secretary of the Presidium of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, faced with the success of the Russian airborne campaign in Syria the US resorted to information warfare.

    "We need to understand that an information war was declared against Russia, so such statements shouldn’t come as a surprise," Stepanyan told Radio Sputnik. "The fact that these statements are easy to refute matters little for the US leadership because its goal is to create an information phantom for the electorate. They’re well versed in the art of fooling the masses; the creed of their propaganda is ‘the more terrifying the lie is, the more people believe in it’."

    Stepanyan added that the US had to resort to this strategy because its own campaign in Syria has so far failed to produce any meaningful results. He also mentioned the recent incident when TV Channel France 2 showed footage of Russian airstrikes in Syria as the work of the US-led international coalition, remarking that apparently the US can now claim credit for Russia’s successes.

    "These are all elements of hybrid warfare, its integral component — psychological warfare," he concluded.

    Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama sought to increase the budget of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the US federal agency responsible for the Voice of America and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, among others, requested a substantial budget increase. If the newly proposed budget for fiscal year 2017 is approved, the agency will receive nearly $778 million – a vast sum, especially compared to Russia’s foreign media budget.

    For example, MIA Rossiya Segodnya, the parent company of Sputnik News, operates on a budget of $75 million, including both domestic and foreign media — 10 times less than the BBG.

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    • Mitach2002
      Even if the terrorist American government did tell the truth you couldn't afford to believe it.
    • jas
      Great picture. I'm almost sure that most of the trolls look like one of those guys, uniform and everything.
    • Mystic-One
      Get ready Sputnik. The USA trolls will be on here ruining the comment section of this site like they have been attacking and ruining comments on RT.com.
    • A = π r 2in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, tax-payer-funded trolls, no wonder they're so bad at it
    • cast235
      This is nothing new. west ALWAYS had gigantic propaganda against Russia. Russia seats on resources. China is behind them too, and reason to know? Ask them to end the Russian copycat. See how they don't care? Guess why.
      Is ok for costumer and business. BUT if Russia DEMAND equal trade and same opportunities INSIDE China. If not what? Giving your food away to friends? Soon they will want your wife and daughter and then all you have,
      Privatization in Russia will see Russia STRIP of all it owns, You buy them NEVER sell. Try to buy Mc Donald's. Or Any west corporation for Russia. Or Russia forgot FIAT?
    • cast235
      Russia armed forces , reports on Twistr, get inmediate responses from TROLLS. Showing bogues videos of Syrian's killed from Russian bombings.. Why?

      Russia knocked OFF West campaign to KILL Assad.

      " We went, we saw, he died"...MALEFIC LAUGH. By Hillary,
    • anne00mariein reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, The Western Media relies on some old couch blogger, who was last in Syria sometime last century. He lives in a 2 bed semi in Coventry and his only experience is to know how to navigate his way around Google. He goes by the name 'Syrian Observatory of Human Rights'. Just like Eliot Higgins, the Belingcat, couch blogger, who again the Western Media accept for expert opinion.
    • jj42
      It does not matter what they say or do the wesetrn idiots have no power over this situation.
    • goldcamshaft
      No big problem. US will spend 10 times but gets 50 times less due to the fact that everyone has to have his share of pay-off. Wages are high, esteemhigh performancelow. No panic.
      The US has been doing this since the end of WWII.
      In the 50's if you walked past a so called socialist and said hello, good morning, you were next to be pulled in for questioning by the McCarthy gang. We in the west were brainwashed that socialism and communism were bad for us because we will always be poor. Many people suffered in the west for over 50 years because of this labeling and witch-hunt.
      Well, today, a communist/socialist country that was supposed to be poor forever because of communism/socialism ideologies is propping up the so-called pillar of free enterprise system and democracy (that was supposed to be very rich compared to the others) by loaning them up to approx. 1 trillion dollars.
      Theoretically and statistically, China is paying a portion of the salary of the President of the United States, however miniscule that amount would be...and The United States, in return is trying to "contain" thereby maiming the hand that feeds it.
    • FlorianGeyer
      This possible US obfuscation may explain why US A10 bombed Aleppo and are reported to have hit the Turkish MIT security personnel that are embedded with DAESH/Al Nusra.

    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, Thanks for the link and news (I guess if it comes from you it can be trusted. :) )
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      The increase in the American budget of the Broadcasting Board of Governors has paid for the - formation of a committee to ascertain exactly what the increase will be spent on, a raft of various consultants with glossy reports and representations, a review panel, dinners, flights and overniters, and finally - the decision was made to introduce counselling services across all networks for highly stressed staff members.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams,

      I am really not sure but it could fit the events of the past few weeks. The animosity shown by Erdogan to the US indicates more bad blood than just American displeasure over the Turkish strategy to invade Syria and attack the Kurds as well. The Russian release of the flight data for the US planes that hit Aleppo and the subsequent efforts by America to blame Russia for the attacks is also rather odd.
      The US loves to pat its own back when it bombs DAESH , so why be so shy this time ?
      Unless of course the article is correct and the US attacks were in revenge for a Turkish 'stab in the back' that they hoped would not reach the US or Turkish media.

      Time will tell I suppose.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toBeady-eyed Insomniac(Show commentHide comment)
      Beady-eyed Insomniac,

      I am saddened that you omitted the compulsory visit to the Holocaust memorial in Israel for all the staff as well. This is to make sure that all the shills are singing from the same hym sheet. Shame on you,lol.
    • michaelin reply togoldcamshaft(Show commentHide comment)
      goldcamshaft, yes I remember the incredible stupidity of the australian government's reaction. They still haven't grown a brain cell. Or matured.
    • michaelin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      Florian,now that was an oops! :)
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