U.S. Department of Defense blamed Russia with spreading untruthful information about coronavirus. Laura Cooper, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia said so as quoted by the authority's press office.
"I think the most pernicious disinformation that we have to contend with is the disinformation that is sowing global … mistrust and confusion," she said. "These are messages that are endangering global health because they're undermining the efforts of governments, of health agencies and of organizations that are in charge of disseminating accurate information about the virus to the public", she said.
One of the examples of such activity was detected in March, when Russia Today and Sputnik reported that washing hands was not effective against the disease. Another "alternative news source" in Russia reported that there was no pandemic there, and the fatal cases in Italy were due to casual influenza. Besides, Russian media reported that the U.S. pharmaceutical companies spread rumors for the development of domestic business.
The Pentagon urges Russia to stop spreading fakes and disinformation about coronavirus in the world.