Media called the budget of the European Union to counter «Russian propaganda»

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy in fotobanka the EU in Brussels. Archival photoMedia called the budget of the European Union to counter «Russian propaganda»© RIA Novosti / Alexei Vitvitskiy the image Bank

The European Parliament will highlight the EU working group for informational confrontation to the Russian media more than a million euros a year, according to the Guardian newspaper.

Group East Stratcom began work in April 2015 as directed by the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini. Its purpose was called the opposition «disinformation» by the Russian media.

As told to the edition sources East Stratcom, the first group will receive funding from the EU. The amount of 1.1 million euros laid down in the EU budget for 2018 to 2020.

This decision came on the background of statements of the head of the European Council Donald Tusk, who at the summit of the Eastern partnership was named one of the real problems of Europe «cyberattacks, fake news and hybrid war».

According to Senator Vladimir dzhabarov, the allocation of money to counter the Russian media says about the resumption of anti-Russian propaganda during the cold war. He noted that Moscow’s response to the EU’s actions will be mirrored. «The strike will reply,» the MP stressed.

In particular, according to him, the European media could fall under the law on registered as a foreign agent.

In a recent issue of information warfare with the Russian media was often heard in the West. In November last year the European Parliament adopted a resolution called «Strategic communication of the EU as a counter-propaganda of the third parties.» In the document, many provisions of which are contiguous with the proposal to introduce censorship in relation to the Russian media, claimed that Russia allegedly has money supports the opposition party in the EU, and bilateral relations uses to divide community members. The main information security threats in the EU believe the Agency Sputnik, RT, Fund «Russian world» and subordinated to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Federal Agency «Rossotrudnichestvo».

According to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the resolution is a degradation of the idea of democracy in European society. However, he expressed hope that common sense will prevail and to the real constraints, it will not come.