“The Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the decision of the US President to stop funding WHO over their failure to investigate on Covid-19 outbreak,” the poorly written five-paragraph article claims.
Its final paragraph reads: “According to the Russian President Vladimir Putin said: ‘The American government has made the best move so far, in terminating the funding of WHO, they are not capable to protect the world from this virus, they have failed us, I hereby support the American government in this, I will also used this medium to urge the US government to terminate the WHO agenda from Existence because they are Evil.’ Vladimir Putin said.”
The WHO is the World Health Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
‘Now is not the time’
António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, said “now is not the time” to halt funding. “It is also not the time to reduce the resources for the operations of the World Health Organization or any other humanitarian organization in the fight against the virus … Now is the time for unity and for the international community to work together in solidarity to stop this virus and its shattering consequences.”
‘Very selfish, very disturbing’
The Russian government, he said, “call on the US to abandon further attacks on the WHO and pursue a responsible policy that will not destroy the framework of international cooperation in the biomedical field –but rather strengthen this partnership and create the basis for its further improvement”.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, said: “The heads of the G20, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, support the work of the WHO and place their hopes on the WHO’s future work to analyse the experience of this pandemic.”
If senior members of Putin’s government denounced Trump’s decision, the Russian president would be highly unlikely to support it.
And the news has not been reported by any credible media organisation.
A Google search for the quote Sahara Gist attributes to Putin only returns the article itself. –Taryn Willows
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