At the session of the European Parliament on November 23, diplomats discussed the possibility of opposing information policy of pro-Kremlin media. The proposed draft resolution defines the Russian media as the threat to European values.
According to the document, Moscow, after the "annexation of Crimea and unleashing hybrid war in Donbas," started escalation of relations with the European Union and "launched a propaganda campaign against European values."
It is noted that such countries of "Eastern Partnership" as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Armenia are influenced by Russian media propaganda to a greater extent. "National media in these countries are often weak and cannot compete with the Russian ones" reads the document.
The founders of the project indicate that Russia, using the propaganda, is trying to influence the EU to further split it.
According to the document, the pro-Kremlin media are trying to destroy the spirit of Europe, positioning Russia as "the only bulwark of Christian values."
“The Kremlin has invested a lot of money in the development of the media and other institutions that are engaged in brainwashing and disinformation to steer European policy in their own interests. Their goal is to push Europe out of the way, proving to people that European values are the mistake, and the EU is engaged only in causing of harm to Russia, although it has no understanding as to what's really going on there,” said in an interview Petras Auštrevičius, MEP from fraction of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).
According to the resolution, the European Parliament will allocate money for agencies to expose the Russian propaganda, and will develop a network of counter-propaganda in Europe.
It should be noted that the similar initiative was shown by the Czech Republic, approving the establishment of a special unit on the basis of the Interior Ministry to combat Russian propaganda.