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Alexey Chepa calls US grant for analysis of “Russian misinformation” interference

Granting a grant to “expose the misinformation of Russian health care”, the US State Department’s Bureau of International Relations is trying to find people who can provide information that is beneficial to the United States to justify American allegations, RIA Novosti Alexei Chepa, deputy chairman of the State Duma’s Foreign Affairs Committee, called it ” rude interference “in the affairs of other countries.

Earlier, the US State Department’s Bureau of International Relations decided to grant a grant to “expose the misinformation of Russian health care.” The US State Department published a grant of $ 250,000 on May 21. Earlier, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in an interview with the Italian newspaper la Repubblica, said that Russia and China allegedly spread misinformation to increase influence among the countries of the alliance and the European Union and their destabilization in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in turn, stated that the United States, in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, has made unfounded accusations against China and Russia.

“They are trying in such primitive steps to find people who can provide at least some convenient information for them so that they can justify their unfounded statements, which Sergey Viktorovich spoke about (Lavrov – ed.). This is nothing but rude interference in the affairs of other countries … Grants – what is it? It’s like hundreds of years ago in America they posted ads “so many thousands of dollars for the capture of such and such a gangster”, and now the same thing. What kind of grants are there for promoting “What’s the matter? It would be better if the grants were given to WHO,” Chepa said.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump said that Washington is stopping financing the World Health Organization (WHO), which, according to him, did not provide information about the coronavirus in a timely manner, and also did not bring the truth to the world community. Trump’s criticism of WHO was voiced against the backdrop of the difficult situation with the US pandemic, which came out on top in the world both in terms of the number of diseases and the number of deaths, as well as accusations against the president himself that he introduced too late to fight pandemic measures.

“Already 250 thousand dollars – this is obviously the grant that the Americans were able to allocate in today’s conditions in order not to carry it out (by Congress decisions – ed.). Each grant is made by certain decisions of the Congress, but such small grants do not need to be approved,” said the deputy.

Chepa stressed that this was done in order to “not raise unnecessary talk” around the grant and to search for the information the United States needs. The deputy considers the Russian accusations of underestimation of statistics on coronavirus absurd, since there is no single methodology that WHO would develop and give to all countries for keeping statistics on COVID-19, therefore, each country has its own methodology.

Earlier, the Financial Times reported that mortality from coronavirus in Russia could be more than 70% higher than official statistics. According to official figures, in April 629 people died from COVID-19 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. However, according to the publication, citing its own analysis, in both cities 72% more people died this month than the average over the past five years: 1841 people in Moscow and 232 in St. Petersburg, only 2073 people. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that Russia has never manipulated official statistics. According to a WHO representative, there is no conscious understatement of mortality due to COVID-19 in Russia.

“The fact that the Chinese did not give information, the Chinese were the first, it was more difficult for them. But they gave this information, we all know, and gave strains. Until they figured it out, maybe they did not give raw information, but they all gave And blaming today that in America there are so many deaths … the country (China – ed.) Is ridiculous, “the deputy concluded.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Russia, China and Iran of spreading misinformation about the coronavirus. The misinformation, Pompeo added, is aimed at discrediting the actions of the American authorities to combat the spread of COVID-19. According to him, the United States “spoke directly with these countries” that they should stop this.

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