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TV Anchor Implies Threat to U.S.

Published: March 19, 2014 (Issue # 1802)



  • Kiselyov speaking on his news program on state television on Sunday.
    Photo: Rossia 1

An anchor on state-run television threatened that Russia could turn the U.S. into radioactive ashes and showed a simulation of a Russian nuclear strike during his program on the U.S. response to Russias interference in Ukraine.

Dmitry Kiselyov, who hosts a current affairs talk show on the Rossiya television network and heads a new Kremlin-backed news agency, accused U.S. President Barack Obama of supposedly dithering in talks with President Vladimir Putin, and suggested on his Sunday program that the U.S. leader was intimidated by his Kremlin opponent, who is not an easy one.

And Russia is the only country that could really turn the U.S. into radioactive ashes, Kiselyov said, against the backdrop of a mushroom cloud from a nuclear blast appearing on a huge screen behind him.

Kiselyov also suggested that threats of a nuclear strike were coming from the Kremlin.

I do not know if this is a coincidence or what, but here was Obama calling Putin on Jan. 21 probably, again trying to pressure somehow and the very next day, on Jan. 22, the official media outlet of the Russian government ran an article that spelled out in simple terms how our system of nuclear response works, he said.

While Kiselyovs comment suggested that Obamas Jan. 21 call had to do with the Ukrainian crisis, an earlier statement from the White House said the U.S. leader spoke to Putin on that day to wish him a safe and secure Olympics in Sochi.

The Kremlin has unleashed a large-scale propaganda war over Moscows takeover of Crimea and the peninsulas referendum on Sunday, in which more than 90 percent of voters cast supported seceding from Ukraine to Russia, according to preliminary results released by Crimeas pro-Russian administration.

The promotion by state-run television of the Kremlins views has also helped Putins approval ratings in the country to soar to 72 percent this month, a recent survey by the Levada pollster showed.

The poll, conducted on March 7-10 among 1,603 people around Russia, gave a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.





 


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