Azerbaijani Media Spreads Fake News To Damage Armenian-Iranian Relations.

Amid tensions in the Middle East, Azerbaijani media outlets are actively disseminating misinformation in an attempt to damage the friendly relations between Armenia and Iran.

The Azerbaijani Axar.az website has published information, claiming that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has congratulated US President Donald Trump on the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

The Information Checking Center says this is an attempt by the Azerbaijani side to damage the Armenian-Iranian friendly relations, as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has not addressed any such message to Donald Trump. The website refers to Diana Harutyuniyan, a fake Facebook user who is involved in spreading false information.

The reports come after top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed by an air strike at Baghdad airport early on Friday ordered by US President Donald Trump.

PM Nikol Pashinyan took to social media to hit back at the authors of a report claiming he congratulated US President Donald Trump on the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

“A fake Armenian-language account spreads the false news that I congratulated US President Donald Trump on launching a “successful” anti-Iranian operation. The report quickly appears in Azerbaijani press and becomes a trending news. The news then appears in Iranian press and becomes a source of anti-Armenian inspiration for certain forces. This is the case when the false “freedom” of speech poses a threat to our national security. The authors of the news and their motives need to be revealed,” PM Pashinyan said on Facebook.

H/T Public Radio of Armenia

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