"There is NO cold war here... so let's NOT make one."
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory has responded after the band's lyrics were referenced by Russian state media, in an opinion piece about Western politics.
Written by an influential ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vladislav Surkov, the column used lyrics from the band's song 'Wash It All Away' to criticise perceived hypocrisy in the West.
Here's a reminder of that song:
Zoltan wrote that "He [Surkov] totally got the lyrics and what it was about."
He then responded to a Bloomburg article about Surkov's column, saying:
"Well.... let me just say.... It's especially interesting that we just happened to be in Russia at the moment. We had a fantastic show at the Stadium in Moscow yesterday... The energy of the crowd was incredible."
"We love our Russian fans just as much as they love us... They are at the airport when we arrive, follow us all over Europe, all the way to America, even to South America... We see their faces and we see their sawn together Half-Russian-Half-American flags everywhere... We are family... Music Unites...."
"I can tell you.... between the people ... there is NO hate... there is NO cold war here... so let's NOT make one."
"I grew up on this side of the iron curtain in communism... so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war.... Even back then... though we were told by the communist media that America was the "Enemy"... Nobody... and I mean nobody sane actually believed that..."
"We loved American Music, American culture... and the American people... We understood the difference between propaganda and reality..."
"Just as I ran into some Iranian kids in the elevator... as they were taking photos - they actually said - "please don't believe the media" ... they are lying to you! We don't hate America... and they tried to explain that regular (especially younger) people don't feel that way whatsoever..."
"The media needs to be responsible with their words - choosing ratings over peace is irresponsible."
"So let's tone down the hysteria and try harder with that dialogue..."
It comes amid tension between Russia and the US, and controversy around RT's role in America.