MOSCOW Russian condition news firm Rossiya Segodnya mentioned on Friday it objected to a Reuters article it mentioned had falsely claimed that Kremlin-backed media had tried to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
A Reuters spokesperson mentioned the news company stood by the tale which claimed solely on April 19 that a Russian federal government think tank managed by Vladimir Putin had made a plan to swing the election in favor of Donald Trump by finding a number of condition-backed media retailers to deliver good reports on Trump.
3 existing and 4 previous U.S. officials said Kremlin-backed Television channel RT and the Sputnik news company had been amid condition-backed news retailers which the Kremlin had instructed to weigh in on Trump’s facet and to test to undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral process.
Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Rossiya Segodnya and RT criticized the Reuters tale on social media on Friday. She joined to an article by the RIA news company, which along with Sputnik, is owned by Rossiya Segodnya.
RIA quoted Simonyan as indicating: “Reuters writes that it knows of 7 fellas who swear that they have seen a secret Russian report with their individual eyes. Or even two reports. Give Reuters an Oscar for ideal display perform, they have attained it.”
Simonyan did not quickly reply to a Reuters request for further remark sent by using RT soon after enterprise several hours in Moscow.
Independently, an RT spokesman in London mentioned Reuters had erroneously said that RT had not responded to a pre-publication request for remark. The Reuters spokesperson mentioned the company did ship an electronic mail requesting remark. The RT spokesman mentioned it was sent to the incorrect electronic mail tackle.
In addition, Simonyan mentioned that Rossiya Segodnya would not now signal a deal with Reuters to get online video footage “due to the fact they lie.”
An settlement for Reuters to source Rossiya Segodnya with online video footage from Might one had previously been agreed, but would not now be signed, RIA claimed.
When requested to remark on the issue, the Reuters spokesperson mentioned Reuters did not focus on consumers or the phrases of their contracts.
Russia has consistently denied U.S. intelligence allegations that it tried to meddle in the U.S. election, indicating it is the sufferer of an organized anti-Russian campaign intended to make sure that Trump will discover it unattainable to restore relations with Moscow, which are languishing at a submit Cold War very low.
(Reporting by Andrew Osborn Editing by Toni Reinhold)