March 18, 2020 / 9:21 AM / 16 days ago

Russia feeding disinformation about coronavirus to sow panic in West-EU document

BRUSSELS, March 18 (Reuters) - Russian media have deployed a “significant disinformation campaign” against the West to worsen the impact of the coronavirus, generate panic and sow distrust, according to a European Union document seen by Reuters.

“A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing,” the internal document, dated March 16, said.

“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 document produced by the EU’s foreign policy arm, the European External Action Service, said. (Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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