‘Fake news’: Stone backs Putin

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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.

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