The Russian embassy has commented on The Sun’s article related to the deadly Westminster attack.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom has stated that The Sun newspaper had tried to shift the blame for its own attempt at stoking anti-Muslim sentiment to Moscow.
“REVEALED: @thesun exploits divisive anti-Muslim sentiment, then passes the buck on to Russia. Classy!” the embassy said on its Twitter.
The embassy attached a scan of the newspaper’s article, which claimed that Russia had “tried to spark race hatred” by using the outlet’s photograph of a Muslim woman who appeared to be ignoring a wounded victim of the Westminster terrorist attack.
The newspaper claimed the photo, taken by a photographer for The Sun, had been “hijacked” by Russian government-controlled “web trolls” to show the woman was “ignoring” the victim. The Sun photographer said he took several other pictures, including one showing the same Muslim woman in distress.
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The incident at Westminster Palace occured this March, when a man drove a car into pedestrians and then stabbed a police officer before being shot dead at the scene. The terror attack claimed five lives and left over 40 people injured.