Our partners, European Values, have published the April issue of the monthly newsletter Balkans Watch Briefing. The theme of this issue is the proliferation of disinformation narratives in tandem with the spread of COVID-19. These fabrications disregard assistance and support afforded by the EU and the US, instead portraying Russia and China as shining examples of global leadership. This issue is focused specifically on Moscow and Beijing’s ongoing efforts to undermine transatlantic unity when most needed.
European External Action Service’s (EEAS) reported that “A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing.” The Western Balkans is no exception from this ‘infodemic’. These media portray the EU as incompetent and selfish, NATO as rudderless, and Russia and China as benevolent saviours.
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