Disinfo: EU’s public diplomacy programmes in Russia aim at an “internal…

Summary

EU’s public diplomacy programmes in Russia aim at an “internal destabilisation of Russia” ahead of the 2018 presidential elections

Disproof

EU's public diplomacy projects in Russia do not aim at destabilising Russia. On the contrary, they aim at developing human rights and democratic institutions.bit.ly/2m8mrmZ,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 59
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/02/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU, Destabilising Russia, Elections

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