Pentagon Claims 2,000% Increase in Russia Trolls Since U.S.-led Syria Attack

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White warned that Russia was actively attempting to sow confusion about the attack

Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured during his meeting with Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin in Moscow on April 14, 2018
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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Sunday Moscow would make every effort to improve political relations with the West, TASS news agency reported.

Ryabkov was speaking after U.S. President Donald Trump and Western powers launched missile strikes against Syria, a close ally of Russia, over a suspected poison gas attack. The strikes were condemned by Russia.

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Ryabkov also said Russia would study a U.N. resolution on Syria proposed by the United States, France and Britain, but added that it would be hard to reach a compromise on the issue, TASS reported.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White warned that Russia was actively attempting to sow confusion about the attack.

"The Russian disinformation campaign has already begun. There has been a 2,000 percent increase in Russian trolls in the last 24 hours," Whitesaid.