Russian state-supported media is spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus. About it in the comments to German newspaper Bild said the speaker of the European Commission Peter Stano.
According to him, distributed “friendly to the Kremlin sources, Russian state media” misinformation can have “significant health effects” of EU citizens.
Stano believes that the purpose of Russian propaganda – “to cast doubt on the credibility and ability of the EU to overcome the crisis, but also undermine public confidence in the local authorities”.
Examples of Russian disinformation and spread of conspiracy theories in material Bild is not given.
In March, the Agency Reuters, citing an internal document of the European Union, wrote that Brussels suspects the Russian state media and Pro-Kremlin media in the conduct of a large-scale campaign of disinformation about the situation with the spread of coronavirus infection in Western countries.
In February of this year with similar allegations against Russian authorities and the media made the U.S. Department of State. In particular, the state Department said that thousands associated with Russian accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram promote the spread of “anti-American misinformation” and conspiracy theories. In social networks published “virtually identical messages” that the coronavirus is the biological weapon was created by the CIA as a means of waging economic war with China.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, worldwide coronavirus infected more than 4.68 million people, more than 313 thousand of them died, and 1.72 million recovered.