This is just too precious.
I recall seeing that video, among thousands, in the past 15 years but it is allegedly from 2013. But it was good to see Stone and Putin fall for it.
The Moscow Times is taking a remarkable stand, showcasing information which may be damaging to the Putin administration. This is even more remarkable as the paper is located in Moscow and having been bought out the former Finnish owners, is now majority owned by Russians. Most, including me, thought that would stop any articles exposing or being critical Putin and his administration, but that does not appear to be the case at all.
Such a high-profile news outlet being critical of the Russian government, and in this case, Russian President Putin, is quite frankly, amazing. That Dmitry Peskov is denying such allegations is typical
That Dmitry Peskov is denying such allegations is typical for him. A single “oops, we did it” would actually be a good move on his part, but I seriously doubt we will ever see that happen.
Poor Putin. Poor Peskov. Just once admit that you’re human and a mistake was made? If you need proof, here it is.
Here is the original video, published on 27 February 2013.
The Kremlin Is Standing By Footage of Russian Troops in Syria the Internet Says Is Fake
June 21, 2017
The Kremlin has denied accusations that military footage it used to showcased the Russian airforce in Syria was a repurposed U.S. clip from 2013.
The footage appeared during an interview by U.S. director Oliver Stone during his latest program, “The Putin Interviews.” The president told Stone that the video depicted a Russian attack on Islamic State militants, but researchers and viewers said that the clip was “almost identical” to U.S. military footage shot in Afghanistan.
In a statement on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the footage had been given to Putin by the Russian Defense Ministry.
“[Claims that the footage is American] are not true. I can confirm that these materials come from a report from the Ministry of Defense which was given to the president,” Peskov said. “Statements [to the contrary] are incorrect and irrelevant.”
Oliver Stone is yet to comment on the claims.