EU plans to counter Kremlin propaganda in Russian – Mogherini

The European Union is working on a response to Kremlin propaganda in the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries, and in Russia itself, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said on Friday at the inter-parliamentary conference in Riga.

“We’re working on strategic communication to counter propaganda, in Russian – not only in the region of the Eastern Partnership or Russia, but also in the EU, because we have a large Russian-speaking community, not only in the east of the EU, but also in other countries,” Ukrainian news agency UNIAN quotes the top official as saying.

Earlier the EU came up with the idea of founding a special platform that would provide information about the propaganda lies and manipulations, support initiatives to create Russian-language television channels, Internet portals, radios and press, encourage exchange of production within the EU and propose the production to the existing Russian media.

As Belsat reported in January, Lithuania, Great Britain, Denmark and Estonia turned to the European Commission with a call to work out an action plan for fighting the Russian propaganda campaign stressing that Russia is earmarking billions to the state-controlled media.

In November, 2014 Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev, notorious for his propaganda efforts in covering the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, presented Sputnik, a new Russian media brand. Sputnik was designed by agency Rossiya Segodnya for a global audience.

In 2015, Sputnik is expected to broadcast in 30 languages (incl. Arabic, Chinese, Crimean Tatar, English, Estonian, French, Deutsch, Georgian, Japanese, Latvian, Moldovian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian), with over 800 hours of radio programming daily, covering over 130 cities in 34 countries.

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