EU, NATO try to counter Russian propaganda

To Inform is to Influence

By Alix Rijckaert May 2, 2015 5:43 AM

Brussels (AFP) – Western powers are getting set to counter an expertly crafted Russian disinformation campaign over Ukraine which has left them wrong-footed too many times for comfort.

The aim is to win the daily battle for the news headlines, to get the EU and NATO story out to show that Russia’s message falls well short of the truth.

“In Russia, the EU is described as though it is a conspiracy of homosexuals … the old myths of the Cold War are back,” Robert Pszczel, spokesman in Moscow for NATO, told AFP.

“Propaganda is so pervasive. About 90 percent of Russians get news from national television and the segment of Russians who are critical don’t watch the news at all,” Pszczel said.

“It is a relentless narrative which portrays the outside world as basically a threat to Russia.”

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