condemns Donald Trump pre-election clip for demonizing Russia
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[March 17, 2016]
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on
Thursday hit out at a pre-election video promoting U.S. presidential
candidate Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton's expense, complaining that it
"I saw this clip. I do not know for sure if (President) Vladimir
Putin saw it. (But) our attitude is negative," Kremlin spokesman
Dmitry Peskov told a teleconference with reporters.
The video attempts to cast doubt over Clinton's ability to deal with
Putin, whom it casts as a U.S. foe.
Presenting what it suggests are America's toughest opponents on the
world stage, it shows the Russian leader easily throwing an opponent
in a judo bout before cutting to footage of Mohammed Emwazi, the
late Islamic State executioner nicknamed "Jihadi John".
It then cuts to a clip of Clinton in which sounds resembling a dog
barking have been overlaid. Putin is then shown laughing.
"It's an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is
linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America's
election campaign," said Peskov. "We always sincerely regret this
and wish the (U.S.) electoral process was conducted without such
references to our country."
Russian state TV, which usually closely reflects the Kremlin's world
view, has generally been more positive about Trump than the other
However it has complained about what it says is the anti-Russian
tenor of the overall campaign, criticizing almost all of the
candidates for statements they have made on Russia.
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The United States accused Russia of not bombing Islamic State
targets in Syria with the same ferocity or frequency as it targeted
what Washington said were more moderate groups opposed to President
The Kremlin has denied that charge, declaring Islamic State a
dangerous threat to its own security. It has bristled in the past at
any Western attempts to liken the threat Russia purportedly poses to
the West to that represented by Islamic State.
(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)
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