‘Fake news’: Stone backs Putin
OSCAR-winning director Oliver Stone has branded reports that Russia is responsible for the escalating violence in Ukraine as “fake news”.
He said claims Russia was “aggravating the situation” in the war zone were not true and insisted the US had a “huge responsibility” for the conflict.
Stone, who interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his new documentary, Ukraine On Fire, also backed President Donald Trump’s bid to improve USRussian relations.
“(The US) has a huge role, a huge responsibility and has denied it. It’s completely denied the whole truth of the situation,” he said.
“It’s a very painful situation for the people who live in that area but at the same time it’s used by the United States to blackball Russia as much as possible and keep the concept of NATO alive. Frankly today I’m shocked they published fake news that the Russians are aggravating the situation when all the casualties are in (rebel-held) Donetsk.”
He said he hoped President Trump could improve ties with Russia: “Certainly the US and Russia should be allies.”
“As Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy said very well, we have a stake in humanity together.” Stone also said he did not believe Russia intervened in the US election, despite the CIA and FBI findings.