July 6, 2019  |  Updated July 18, 2019

Russian Media Reported ‘Rusty’ Tanks Displayed in Washington, DC on July 4

By Fatima Tlis

Russian state-controlled media reports about the July 4 Independence Day celebration in the U.S. capital focused on “rusty tanks.”

Gazprom-Media-owned television channel NTV featured a report on July 5 that its website headlined “Rusty tanks and the U.S. flag on Mars: how the parade in Washington went.”

The English-language Russian state media outlet Sputnik, citing the Pentagon, reported that “rusty, battered armored vehicles” were deployed to Washington, DC at the request of the White House.

The Pentagon spokesperson quoted by Sputnik did not use the words “rusty” or “battered.” Rather, Sputnik said the spokesperson stated that the White House had asked specifically for used vehicles instead of new ones and that the vehicles were “cleaned before being brought to the National Mall.”

Reached by Polygraph.info for comment, a Pentagon spokesperson said it is not responding to the Russian media claims.

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