MOSCOW: Washington's accusations against Russian media over Coronavirus are ' ridiculous'

The Russian Embassy in Washington said it was "ridiculous" to blame Sputnik and RT for spreading fake information about the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the US Defense Department should, instead, focus on fighting the infection in its own ranks.

The embassy said that the Pentagon's "attacks" could have a negative impact on the safety of Russian reporters in the United States, and therefore human rights organizations should be paying attention to this issue, according to Sputnik.

"We urge the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to direct all its efforts to the fight against coronavirus infection. First of all within their own ranks. We sincerely wish for the immediate recovery of all infected US soldiers and their family members. It is ridiculous to blame Sputnik and RT. US troops for sure do not watch or read them. If they don’t wash their hands, then this is definitely not the fault of the Russian media", the embassy wrote on Facebook.

Sputnik and RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan cited an RT press statement suggesting the US military could “make a much better use of its resources on direct action to fight the coronavirus, rather than sitting in front of screens.”