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Tuesday, 9 June 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

State of EU-Russia relations (debate)

  Kaja Kallas (ALDE). Mr President, I am happy that this report mentions the growing issue of Russian propaganda, not only in Russia itself but also in neighbouring countries such as the Baltic States and Ukraine. An open and free internet is becoming one of the building blocks of our democracy, but it is also a powerful tool in the hands of authoritarian regimes. What is happening in Russia now is an information war, as all channels are used to spread lies and conspiracy theories.

We cannot, however, fight Russian propaganda with EU or US propaganda, although we need to make all possible efforts to guarantee that Russians get uncensored information about what is going on in their country and in the world. We should not underestimate the power of words when those words are lies. I therefore call on the Commission and on the Member States to step up their efforts on this front.

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 162(8))

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