In the wake of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to the Oval Office last week, Russian state TV aired a segment entitled “Puppet Master and ‘Agent’—How to Understand Lavrov’s Meeting With Trump,” reports The Daily Beast.
During the segment, which aired Sunday on TV channel Rossiya 1, host Vladimir Soloviev quipped that Trump would have to seek refuge in Russia once he’s out of office.
“Should we get another apartment in Rostov ready?” Soloviev joked, alluding to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fleeing to Russia in 2014 after he was ousted and settling in the city of Rostov-on-Don.
As The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis points out, “Tightly controlled Russian state-television programs constantly reiterate that Trump doesn’t care about Ukraine and gave Putin no reasons to even contemplate concessions in the run-up to the recent Normandy Four summit in Paris.”
“State-television news shows use every opportunity to demoralize the Ukrainians with a set of talking points based on the U.S. president’s distaste for their beleaguered country,” Davis notes. “The host of Who’s Against on Rossiya-1, Dmitry Kulikov, along with pro-Kremlin guests, took repeated jabs at the Ukrainian panelist, boasting about the meeting between Trump and Lavrov. ”
The segment also “pointed out that it was Trump, personally, who asked Lavrov to pose standing near as Trump sat at his desk. It’s almost the literal image of a power behind the throne.”
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“There are no disagreements or contradictions between Trump and Russia,” said Valery Korovin, director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise, appearing on the state-television channel Rossiya-24.
Russian state television has also been promoting Rudy Giuliani’s “evidence gathering” trip to Ukraine, airing clips of his OAN (One America News Network) “documentary,” which claims to provide evidence that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 US election and that former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch of lied under oath to Congress “to whitewash [Joe] Biden’s corruption.”
“Giuliani’s efforts on behalf of President Trump are bound to pay propaganda dividends for the Kremlin,’ Davis writes.
“Putin has expressed undisguised delight with the crusade led by Trump and Giuliani to whitewash Moscow’s interference in the U.S. elections and pin the blame on Kyiv,” he continued, adding that
According to Davis, the emerging narrative from Russia propaganda outlets puts the “hypocrisy of the Republicans on full display.”
“The Kremlin, having argued for years that democracy is a sham and the West is devoid of morals and principles, can now showcase the GOP as its ‘Exhibit A.’”