The members of the European Parliament on Wednesday, 23 November, adopted a resolution which contained accusations against the Russian authorities that due to the activities of the state media is propaganda, the aim of which is to split the EU.
According to RIA “Novosti”, 691 deputies, participated in voting on a resolution in support of the document voted 304, vs – 179, and 208 have decided to abstain from voting.
In the adopted by the deputies of the document States that the Russian authorities carried out “hostile propaganda” against the European Union. The document notes that the information a threat for the EU represent the RT, Sputnik Agency, Fund “Russian world” and the Agency under the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation – Russia and its culture.
In addition, the resolution States that Russia provides financial support to opposition political parties in the EU. In addition, the Russian side uses the bilateral interstate relations, to divide members of the European community.
– Putin called the resolution “degradation of democracy”
The resolution notes that such propaganda is part of the “hybrid war” and aimed to “distort the truth, to sow doubt and discord among the countries of the Union, to weaken the strategic unity of the EU and its North American partners, to paralyze the decision-making process, to discredit the institution of the EU and the transatlantic partnership”.
Note that the resolution was taken not only against Russia. Officially the document is called “Strategic communication of the EU as a counter-propaganda of the third parties.” The number of these “third parties” and into Russia. This resolution proposed the adoption of the Deputy from Poland, Anna Fotyga.
Among other sources of propaganda, which, as stated in the resolution needs to confront the European Union called the terrorist organization “al-Qaeda” and “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). These organizations noted in the document, “conduct active propaganda campaign in order to discredit the European values and interests.”
The document before the vote was criticized by a number of MEPs. So, according to the Deputy from Spain, Javier Couso, “it is irresponsible to put the level of threat a country like Russia on a par with IG”.
He also pointed out that the resolution ignored the propaganda from the United States “for legitimization of their recent invasions, such as Iraq, leading to regional chaos,” as well as their own propaganda of the European Union in relation to its interpretation of democracy “as the only possible”.
In Moscow has already promised to respond to the actions of the European Parliament. So the head of the information Committee of the state Duma Leonid Levin noted that the language of the draft resolution recalls the vocabulary of Soviet propaganda. A member of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Sergei Zheleznyak called the document “Russophobic savagery.”
In turn, a member of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Igor Morozov said that the actions of MEPs blasphemous and cynical, the EU should “be aware that in the event of such unfriendly steps” Moscow’s response would be “very hard”.
Simonyan: resolution strikes at the reputable media
Sputnik chief editor Margarita Simonyan has responded to the decision of the European Parliament, stating that “the resolution strikes directly at a number of authoritative media, including the news Agency Sputnik, and aimed to end their activities in the EU”.
“Moreover, this resolution is directly contrary to its own regulations the EU in the field of human rights and freedom of the media, such as article 19 of the International Covenant on civil and political rights, article 11 of the EU Charter of fundamental rights and the resolution of the EU on 11 December 2012 on the development of digital freedom Strategy in EU foreign policy”, – the letter says Simonyan.
The appeal of the editor-in-chief, the Sputnik was sent including the European Federation of journalists, International Federation of journalists international center for journalists (USA), the international press Institute (Austria), the Committee to protect journalists (USA), the international organization “Index on censorship” (great Britain).
Authorized foreign Ministry on issues of human rights, democracy and rule of law Konstantin Dolgov said that the decision of the European Parliament is absolutely discriminatory, reports Life. “They are just afraid of the efficient work of Russian media that objectively cover current international issues. I’m afraid, so tend to limit. But even in the European Parliament there were a lot of people with this position of weakness not agreed,” he said.
Putin called the resolution “degradation of democracy”
Russian President Vladimir Putin harshly criticized the decision of the European Parliament on the adoption of the resolution in relation to the Russian media. “If this decision of the European Parliament on the fight against “Russian propaganda” is accepted, it suggests that we see a very obvious degradation in the political sense of the word the conception of democracy in Western society,” he said during a meeting of the presidential Council for science and education (quoted by TASS).
In addition, the President thanked the journalists of the TV channel RT and Sputnik Agency for productive work after the adoption of the resolution on countering Russian propaganda.
In his view, journalists who are mentioned in the EU’s decision, “are doing very actively, effectively and skillfully their work.” Putin also expressed the hope that the real constraints on the media will not follow after the adoption of the resolution. He stated that he hopes that “common sense will prevail”.
The President noted that Western countries are trying “to teach Russia democracy.” However, according to Putin, in their attempts the West has resorted to ban something that “is not consistent with the principles and norms of democracy.” “And the best way is always an open discussion,” – said the head of state.
“Rossotrudnichestvo” accused Brussels of trying to break the relationship of Russia and Europe
“Rossotrudnichestvo” has rejected charges from the authors of the resolution on countering Russian media that the Agency is engaged in propaganda. This is stated in the press release of the Ministry, arrived at the disposal of journalists, RIA “Novosti”.
“Rossotrudnichestvo” promoting Russian culture and Russian language, Russian education, working with young people, support of compatriots. “Rossotrudnichestvo” establishes and develops relations between ordinary people, suggests a kind of “human bridges”. The Agency is not engaged in propaganda,” the document says.
The Agency noted that working in these areas, “Rossotrudnichestvo” support “a relationship of trust with all people, from whatever country they may be, with all those who are interested in Russia”
“And that, according to some European officials, is now “equal” to the terrorism? Whether it is a decision of the European Parliament a departure from the traditional European values? The impression that thereby in effect breaking the intergovernmental and diplomatic relations, European officials are trying to break the traditional, cultural and even family relations between Russia and Europe”, – added in “Rossotrudnichestvo”.