Russian media hold a disinformation campaign against the West amid the Covid-19 pandemic to spread panic and disrupt as Reuters reported citing the EU document.
According to the document, the campaign held by Russia spread fake news in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French languages, using contradictory, confusing and malicious information to interfere the EU in counteraction the pandemic.
“A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing,” the document says.
“The overarching aim of Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public health crisis in Western countries...in line with the Kremlin’s broader strategy of attempting to subvert European societies,” the message notes.
However, Kremlin denies all allegations calling them ungrounded and senseless. Particularly, Russia’s President Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said:
“We’re talking again about some unfounded allegations which in the current situation are probably the result of an anti-Russian obsession”.
Meanwhile, EU database provided the examples of the false claims spread by the Russian media. One of them is the spread of the fake letter from Ukraine’s Health Ministry, stating that there were five cases of coronavirus in the country. However, the local authorities stated that the letter was created outside the country.
“Pro-Kremlin disinformation messages advance a narrative that coronavirus is a human creation, weaponized by the West,” the report says.
Moreover, the fake news from Russia concerned Italy, which suffers the most from coronavirus outbreak, and Slovakia.
As we reported, the European Union plans to close the border for all minor travels due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will give priority for the transport necessary for the support of the economy.