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Kremlin spokesman explains global information confrontation by attempts to silence Russia

December 14, 2017, 3:54 UTC+3

"They are trying to strangle us. And we respond," Peskov said

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MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. The current standoff in the global information sphere is caused by other states’ attempts to silence the voice of Russia as it grows stronger, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 TV.

"What we see now is a tough confrontation," Peskov said. "But this confrontation is related to attempts to strangle the sovereignty of Russia, the sovereign voice of Russia, Russia’s growing opportunities and capabilities to make the global community hear its voice."

"Many are not pleased with the fact that Russia has reached this level, many see that Russia is set to develop further, that Russia is not going to stop its intention to, so to speak, make more active steps in this direction. They are not pleased with this; they are trying to strangle us. And we respond," the spokesman added.

The issue of information confrontation emerged in latest years due to claims by certain Western powers of Russia’s alleged interference into the 2016 presidential elections in the United States. Among other things, US special services allege that the Russian government used the RT TV channel to interfere in the presidential campaign without giving any evidence. Similar baseless accusations were voiced on other occasions as well.

According to the presidential spokesman, the Kremlin realizes that attempts to deliberately discredit Russia are being made every hour.

"At the same time, every hour we witness flows of disinformation, flows of demonization rhetoric, which is deliberate," he said, adding that the Kremlin treats such false news "as deliberate lies" and "intentional disinformation.".

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