The West is now engaging in a psychological attack by trying to portray Russia as a “predator”

Summary

The West is now engaging in a psychological attack by trying to portray Russia as a “predator”. They are trying to convince their own populations that Moscow is a danger, and also convince Russian people that their country is isolated, and some here have already started to believe this propaganda.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin misleading narrative about the West as Russophobic https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77113&date=

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.

In the Foreign Affairs Council 16 April 2018, all the EU Foreign Ministers saw as a key issue to increase EU:s support for Russian citizens, civil society, human rights defenders, people to people contacts, especially with a focus on the youth of the Russian Federation.

In practise this means for example the Erasmus+ programme. Russian students and researchers are among the first - if not the first - of third countries benefiting from the Erasmus+ programme. It is something the EU wants to increase to make sure that links between the people are not only maintained but also increased. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/42996/remarks-hrvp-mogherini-press-conference-following-foreign-affairs-council_en

On the other hand, the West does react to clearly hostile and aggressive activities of Russia's regime, like in the recent cases around Skripal or other attacks of the GRU.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 121
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, The West
  • Keywords: Propaganda, Anti-Russian, War preparation
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @ Perviy Kanal (1tv.ru), time 29:00
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