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Opinion: Russia will definitely interfere with European Parliament elections

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to Latvian member of the European Parliament Inese Vaidere, Russia will definitely attempt to interfere with upcoming European Parliament elections.

The politician believes it is no surprise that Russia’s goal is creating chaos and discord among EU member states. «I would be better if Russia instead decided to sort out its economy and become a trusty trade partner and neighbour. However, over and over again we see the ‘old KGB methods’ – pitting countries against one another and using the divide and conquer principle,» says the MEP.

She adds the possibility of fake news cannot be excluded completely even though EP and society are now better prepared to combat such news. «The ‘dark side’ is not idle, and has come up with new ways to mislead people. One such method is calling Latvia a failed state,» adds Vaidere.

According to the MEP, Russia will use different ways to put left-wing and ultra-right powers in the European Parliament to make sure the parliament’s work is not constructive, as well as make it mired in secret interests and mutual fights. This is why Vaidere stresses it is necessary to show people the truth before elections.

As one major flaw, she mentioned the failure to create a Russian European television channel. According to Vaidere, creating a separate Russian television channel is too expensive for EU countries. A unified television channel needs very good content – movies, shows and other content – to convince people to watch, said the politician.

«There are many Russian-speaking people in Europe who mostly watch Russian television channels, the majority of which are propaganda channels. I’ve had situations when I participated in events together with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov. When I watched coverage of said events on Russian television channels, it seemed more like we were in two different events, because everything was reported in a way that is beneficial to Russia,» explained the MEP.

Looking back at the work performed by the current European Parliament, the MEP mentioned that a lot has been accomplished. The EP has succeeded in developing one of the best budgets the EU has ever seen says Vaidere, adding that it contains answers to challenges in the migration field and security.

«We have also concluded that it is necessary to invest in youth. This is why it is planned to allocate more money for Erasmus programme, science and research. Security, development and competitiveness are the fields that we took very seriously when developing the budget model. We have also successfully progressed with the Single Market vision. In the Single Digital Market we have made sure no geo-blocking is possible. I cannot say that all problems in this field have been resolved, but we have nonetheless made a massive step forward,» said the politician.


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