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European Parliament, Putin clash on 'media lies'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back after criticism from the European Parliament.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back after criticism from the European Parliament. ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KRE

THE European Parliament has called on the EU and its states to do more to counter Russian "disinformation and propaganda warfare”, drawing an angry response from President Vladimir Putin.

"The European Parliament ... expresses its strong criticism of Russian efforts to disrupt the EU integration process,” the 59-point motion read.

"[It] deplores, in this respect, Russian backing of anti-EU forces in the EU with regard, in particular, to extreme-right parties, populist forces and movements that deny the basic values of liberal democracies.”

With East-West relations in deep freeze since Moscow responded to an EU pact with Ukraine by annexing Crimea in 2014, the Parliament's report accused the Kremlin of funding media outlets that spread falsehoods and of sponsoring Eurosceptic movements in Western Europe which are growing in strength.

Mr Putin said that after lecturing Russia on democracy, Europe was now trying to silence dissenting opinions.

"We are observing a certain, quite obvious, degradation ... of how democracy is understood in Western society,” Mr Putin said.

Topics:  vladimir putin



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