Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the article by the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, “An important fight against disinformation and manipulation.”
According to Zakharova, in the article “An Important Fight Against Disinformation and Manipulation,” the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, is trying to draw “absolutely inappropriate parallels” between Russia’s efforts to fight the coronavirus and “the unjustified terrorist activity of IS (the terrorist organization Islamic State, prohibited in the Russian Federation).
“Along the way, Borrell, by spreading ‘fake information’, demonizes the Russian media and journalists,” said a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry. She noted that Borrell calls for opposition to manipulation in the media, thereby demonstrating clear symptoms of infection with “infodemia”.
Zakharova stressed that for Moscow “it was not a revelation” that the “war of vaccines”, which is currently gaining momentum, has recently been accompanied by rumors, false or deliberately distorted information.
“Unfortunately, this phenomenon has become one of the integral attributes of the current COVID-19 pandemic,” the diplomat admitted. At the same time, as Zakharova noted, Moscow was shocked that such a prominent representative of international politics as Borrell had joined this practice.
The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the Foreign Ministry cannot perceive Borrell’s rhetoric “otherwise than an attempt of unfair competition directed against Russia and domestic vaccines.”
Zakharova demanded that Brussels explain the “misleading words”.