russia seeks to seriously damage the solidarity among EU members during COVID-19 pandemic

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As the rest of the world struggles to cope with COVID-19, russia is churning
out propaganda that blames the West for creating the virus, writes Dr. Sergey Sukhankin.

In an article published Wednesday by The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, Sukhankin, said russia was propagating disinformation and conspiracy theories via social media accounts, fake news outlets, state-controlled media, pseudo-scientists and russians living in the West.

putin’s larger goal in spreading propaganda and conspiracy theories is to subvert the West,” Sukhankin said.

“russia seeks to seriously damage the solidarity among EU members and capitalize on any internal European weaknesses to promote broader conflicts. COVID-19 is seen as an ideal way for russia to deal a powerful blow not only to the EU, but to inflict damage on the ties between Europe and its North American allies.”

moscow also wanted revenge on the West for economic sanctions that were imposed on russia for various reasons, including its annexation of Crimea, Sukhankin added, warning that the kremlin saw an opportunity amid the crisis to unravel the current world order.

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