US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the situation with the coronavirus pandemic in the world on Monday and accused Russia and China of spreading misinformation about it, the press service of the State Department reports.
The State Department’s report came hours after US President Donald Trump on Fox Business questioned whether Russia, China, and Iran are spreading misinformation about the coronavirus, criticizing, in turn, a number of us media outlets. Earlier, representatives of the UK and the EU made similar accusations against the Russian Federation and China. Moscow categorically denies the charges. And in China, he said that these charges look like a clumsy comedy.
“The Secretary of state and the Secretary-General discussed how NATO helps coordinate the allied response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of countering the efforts of the people’s Republic of China and Russia to spread disinformation and propaganda related to the virus,” the report said.
The State Department did not specify what was meant by misinformation and did not provide any examples or evidence.
In addition, Pompeo and Stoltenberg noted: “the need for Afghan leaders to form an inclusive government that will make achieving a political settlement a priority and strengthens the security of the state.”
The parties also discussed the upcoming NATO meeting at the Ministerial level in a video format, which demonstrates ” the adaptability of NATO and the ability to maintain close ties between allies even in times of crisis.”