The CNN TV-channel ran a fake news story, according to which Russia was closing an Anglo-American school in Moscow, which serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, as retaliation for US President Barack Obama’s sanctions.
The CNN TV-channel, one of the media outlets that regularly complains about ‘fake news’, ran a fake news story, according to which Russia was closing an Anglo-American school in Moscow, which serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, as retaliation for US President Barack Obama’s sanctions.
“Russian authorities ordered the closure of the Anglo-American School of Moscow, a US official briefed on the matter said. The order from the Russian government closes the school, which serves children of US, British and Canadian embassy personnel, to US and foreign nationals,” CNN reported, citing a source in Washington.
In addition, according to the source of the TV-channel, the Russian government is also going to close access to a holiday hotel of the American Embassy, located in the north-west of Moscow in Serebryany Bor.
However, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, denied the fact that the school had been closed.
“US officials ‘anonymously informed’ their media that Russia closed the Anglo-American School in Moscow as a retaliatory measure,” Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page. “That’s a lie. Apparently, the White House has completely lost its senses and began inventing sanctions against its own children.”
She also asked journalists not to write: “Moscow has denied… or Moscow will not…”
“Write as is – the CNN TV-channel and other Western media once again spread false information, citing official American sources.”
The misreported story is an embarrassment for CNN, which has run a series of articles, complaining about so-called fake news, over the past month.
An actual response of Russia to the sanctions was to propose that Vladimir Putin declare “31 employees of the US Embassy in Moscow and four diplomats from the US Consulate service in St. Petersburg as persons ‘non-grata’.”
However, later, it became known that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided not to expel US diplomats from Russia in response to the Washington’s new sanctions against Moscow.
“The Russian diplomats, returning to their homeland, will spend the New Year holidays with relatives and friends – at home. We will not create problems for American diplomats. We will not expel anyone,” a statement of the Russian leader, spread by the Kremlin’s press-service, reads.
Putin added that Russia would not “prohibit families and children [of US diplomats] to use their usual resting places during the New Year holidays.”
“Moreover, I invite all the children of American diplomats, accredited in Russia, on the New Year’s and Christmas’ celebration in the Kremlin,” the Russian President said.
He also added that “further steps towards the restoration of the Russian-American relations will be built on the basis of the policy, which will be carried out by the administration of President Donald Trump.”
Meanwhile, in a related story, a senior US official told the Reuters news agency that Trump could reverse Obama’s executive order once he takes office and allow the 35 expelled Russian officials to return to America.