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Russia has rejected allegations that it is spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
US officials told The Associated Press that Russian intelligence agencies are using three English-language websites to spread disinformation about the pandemic to help take advantage of a crisis that the United States can barely contain before the November presidential election.
The three websites published around 150 articles on the pandemic response, including reporting that either aims to support Russia or to disparage the US between late May and early July, one official said.
One of the websites identified, One World, published a response denouncing as "categorically false" allegations that they worked for Russian military intelligence or were involved in propaganda or interference.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the allegations "a kind of persistent phobia".
“Russian media are actively working to deal with the coronavirus situation. In fact, Russia is going through this difficult time better than many other countries, if not without problems. In fact, all media point to significant problems that the United States is facing at this time, ”Peskov told reporters.
He went on to say, "So if someone talks about some kind of disinformation in this case, it is a kind of persistent phobia, and there is no need to blame the objective and high quality work of the media."
Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, said the allegations were either "new conspiracy theories" invented by journalists or "another joke by American security services".