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NATO considers fighting Russia’s «information weapon»

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It is mentioned in those projects that military tactics – studying opponents and influencing foreign audiences – may become part of NATO’s communications management.

The 23-page document details discussions that have been going on within NATO for some time.

The alliance, based on what has been said so far, is considering «strategic narratives that lead to aligned words and actions … appropriately adapted and culturally attuned to resonate with all audiences and counter opposing narratives».

UK and other countries support this idea. USA, on the other hand, remains cautious about any strategy that can be interpreted as propaganda.

Officials NATO’s credibility relies heavily on it being open and truthful.

«One of the main principles of NATO is that we cannot counter propaganda with more propaganda,» – said NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu.

Russia has invested a lot of effort and resources to create Sputnik media organization to spread Kremlin’s propaganda in western countries.

Russia is also especially active on the Internet, in different social media, including Twitter.

NATO’s proposals offer declassifying images that would prove the alliance’s warnings, as well as start communicating on social networks more actively.

Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, NATO published photos that depicted Russian military forces near the Ukrainian border. Those images were taken by commercial satellites and were published more than a month after the annexation of the peninsula.

«They [Russians] can create a virtual reality that is meant to confuse and achieve certain aims,» – said one western diplomat.

Some people also believe Russia will not stop there, considering the appearance of so-called green men and their use in warfare.

Strategic communication includes the use and coordination of different tools and execution of so-called psychological operations to influence the opinion of society and cultivate support for operations and policies.

Talks regarding the new policy could begin before the upcoming summit in Warsaw.

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