Information Warfare · Russia

NATO says it sees sharp rise in Russian disinformation since Crimea seizure


Russian military helicopters fly in formation, with warships seen on the water, during celebrations for Navy Day in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, Crimea, July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov/File Photo

Sat Feb 11, 2017 | 12:22pm EST

By Foo Yun Chee | BRUSSELS

NATO accused Russia of escalating a disinformation campaign since the Kremlin’s 2014 seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region, saying Russian websites such as Sputnik and RT had posted false stories, the alliance’s spokeswoman said on Saturday.

There is increasing concern among senior NATO and European Union officials over Russia’s ability to use television and the Internet to spread what they say is fake news.

The defense alliance of 28 democracies says it has recorded more than a score of Russian myths in the last two years which it has attempted to knock down with factsheets, interviews, rebuttals and videos.

Lungescu cited another example of disinformation in July last year when Sputnik, RT and other Russian websites issued reports about a fire raging at a NATO base in Izmir, claiming it was a deliberate sabotage after the failed coup in Turkey.

“We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.”

(Additional reporting by Christian Lowe in Moscow; editing by Mark Heinrich)

Lungescu cited another example of disinformation in July last year when Sputnik, RT and other Russian websites issued reports about a fire raging at a NATO base in Izmir, claiming it was a deliberate sabotage after the failed coup in Turkey.

“We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.”

(Additional reporting by Christian Lowe in Moscow; editing by Mark Heinrich)

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-russia-media-idUSKBN15Q0MG?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FtopNews+%28News+%2F+US+%2F+Top+News%29&utm_content=FaceBook

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