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Russia: EP 'propaganda' resolution hails degradation of Western democracy - Putin01:52

Russia: EP 'propaganda' resolution hails degradation of Western democracy - Putin

Russian Federation, Moscow
November 23, 2016 at 14:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at the European Parliament's (EP) adoption of a draft resolution intended to counteract so-called anti-EU "propaganda", on Wednesday in Moscow, describing the decision as a sign of the "degradation of the idea of democracy in Western society."

The report, which sites Russian news channel RT and Sputnik news agency as some of the most dangerous "tools of Russian propaganda," claims that Moscow aims to "incite fear and divide Europe." It goes on to imply that Moscow provides financial support to opposition parties in Europe in a bid to destabilise the EU.

Putin added that those who attempt to lecture Russia on democratic ideals should look to their own lawmakers who themselves are attempting to implement restrictive policies.

The document, proposed by Polish EU lawmaker Anna Elzbieta Fotyga, also singles out self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) channels as a posing a particular threat. The resolution claims that these "hostile propaganda" channels seek to divide the EU and provoke fear and uncertainty among EU citizens.

304 EP members voted in favour of the resolution, 179 voted against and 209 abstained.

The resolution proposes more investment in "strategic communications" including education, online and local media to improve information literacy among EU countries.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hit out at the European Parliament's (EP) adoption of a draft resolution intended to counteract so-called anti-EU "propaganda", on Wednesday in Moscow, describing the decision as a sign of the "degradation of the idea of democracy in Western society."

The report, which sites Russian news channel RT and Sputnik news agency as some of the most dangerous "tools of Russian propaganda," claims that Moscow aims to "incite fear and divide Europe." It goes on to imply that Moscow provides financial support to opposition parties in Europe in a bid to destabilise the EU.

Putin added that those who attempt to lecture Russia on democratic ideals should look to their own lawmakers who themselves are attempting to implement restrictive policies.

The document, proposed by Polish EU lawmaker Anna Elzbieta Fotyga, also singles out self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) channels as a posing a particular threat. The resolution claims that these "hostile propaganda" channels seek to divide the EU and provoke fear and uncertainty among EU citizens.

304 EP members voted in favour of the resolution, 179 voted against and 209 abstained.

The resolution proposes more investment in "strategic communications" including education, online and local media to improve information literacy among EU countries.

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