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MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. Rampant anti-Russian campaigning unfolding in the United States is being received in Moscow with "bewilderment and indignation", the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
"US national media and leading political analysis centers, right on cue, produce Russophobe lampoons, carefully shaping up an image of Russia as an enemy and instilling hatred of anything Russian in ordinary people," a ministry statement said.
"The old ‘Knights of the Cold War’ are still anxious to portray Russia as a potential threat," it declared.
"Among them is retired US army Major General Robert Scales, who last month publicly urged to ‘start killing Russians’, and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark," the ministry said, noting that Clark "nearly provoked large-scale conflict in 1999 by ordering an attack on Russian paratroopers who arrived in [Kosovo's] Pristina airport earlier than the Americans.
"The other day", the ministry said, "he spoke about the ‘Russian threat’ at the Atlantic Council, demanding to immediately begin massive arms supplies to Kiev to be used against [eastern region] Donbass and openly praising Ukrainian nationalists and World War Two nationalist leader Stepan Bandera.
"Matching the statements of the retired general glorifying Nazi collaborators, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has called the right to use the Russian language 'Russia’s linguistic nationalism'.
"That is, Russians and Russian-speaking people in other countries, including Ukraine, are to blame for the fact that they speak and think in Russian. In a word, the propagandists match Washington’s political order," the ministry added.