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CNN, one of the media outfits that regularly complains about “fake news,” ran a fake news story of its own when it claimed that Russia was closing an Anglo-American school in Moscow as retaliation for President 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,” reported CNN. However, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova responded swiftly by denying 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 official Facebook page. “That’s a lie. Apparently, the White House has completely lost its senses and began inventing sanctions against its own children.” Zakharova accused CNN of spreading “false information citing official American sources”. The misreported story is an embarrassment for the network, which has run a series of articles over the past month complaining about so-called fake news.
Russia’s actual response 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, Putin later rejected this measure.
Meanwhile, in a related story, a senior U.S. official told Reuters that President-elect Donald Trump could reverse Obama’s executive order once he takes office and allow the 35 expelled Russian officials to return to America.
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
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I am sure that by now you will all have heard and seen reports coming through the media stating that the Russian authorities have closed the Anglo American School, Moscow campus. Senior Russian officials have refuted this story.
The school is planning to open as scheduled following the New Year break.
Please be assured that our primary concern remains the welfare and education of our students.
We will keep you updated through e-mails, postings on our website and if it is urgent through SMS.
Anglo American School of Moscow and St Petersburg
originally posted by: BeBoo
Everyone is so quick to scream "fake!,fake!" and come running with the pitchforks. Putin changed tracks and surprised us all after his man came first and spoke of equal retaliation. End of big bad media conspiracy. Do your research before YOU promote fake stories.
I actually think Putin was counting on folks going down that knee-jerk uneducated American road! Putin is going to play Trump and the American people like a trumpet and Trump's ego, in the end, will jeopardize us all. Who makes comments on foreign policy on Twitter without FIRST getting the full briefing? And isn't even sworn in yet? An egotist dictator, that's who. At least he finally agreed to have a briefing next week. I hope our Congress can control him before he does too much damage.
Btw, he is p*ss* for wanting to allow another country to come in and mess with our cybersecurity. "Move on!" My foot. And for supporting Israeli aggression... geez. Trump will eventually be put in a place where he can't eat his knee-jerk, dim-witted, innacurate words and we will pay the price. All while the masses are screaming ,"Fake! Fake!" or "Liberal Liberal!"