Russia threatens to expel U.S. embassy in Moscow after accusing it for spreading fake news
Authorities in Russia have accused the U.S embassy in Moscow of spreading fake news and has threatened to expel its American diplomats.
According to a report by Reuters on February 7, Russia has demanded that the embassy should stop spreading information related to its military operation in Ukraine, which Moscow believes is false.
A senior Russian official cited in the report also issued a warning to the new U.S ambassador in Moscow Lynne Tracy and said, “Tracy had been told she must strictly adhere to Russian law when making any statements about Russia’s armed forces in Ukraine”.
Meanwhile, a statement by U.S. state department spokesperson said that “the U.S. embassy had received a diplomatic note from the Russian foreign ministry”.
It added, “the department’s general policy was not to comment on diplomatic correspondence”.
After the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has introduced a law through which the government can sentence a person to five years in jail for “discrediting its armed forces”.
Charges for distributing fake news, if done knowingly, about its military can even lead to a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
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