EU leaders agreed to discuss Russia’s intervention in politics in their country

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During the summit in Brussels EU leaders will discuss the issue of Russian interference in vnutripsihicheskoy processes of the countries of Europe. According to special services, Moscow involved in the financing of some parties and movements

Secret Russian interference in the political processes in Europe will be discussed by EU leaders, writes the Financial Times citing a senior diplomatic officer of the EU.

The discussion will take place during the EU summit in Brussels, which will take place on 20-21 October. Sources told the publication that the intelligence agencies of several countries have received evidence that Moscow may be involved in the financing of populist movements and extreme right parties. “Moscow sees these populist parties as useful allies in achieving their goals in Europe, such as the termination of economic sanctions or undermining European support of Ukraine”, — quotes FT senior researcher the European Council on foreign relations Fredrik Paddle.

It clarifies the newspaper, previously, these issues were not discussed because of the inconsistency in security matters. “This is a serious concern. It becomes a constant subject for concern. We are talking about the level of awareness of the situation. We have no tools to act in a centralized way”, — said the interlocutor of the newspaper.

EU leaders are to hold consultations on those issues during the informal dinner on Thursday, October 20. The focus will be all aspects of relations with Moscow. Previously, the newspaper, the Kremlin denied interference in the internal Affairs of European countries, however, several European diplomatic figures have repeatedly expressed concern hidden Moscow’s efforts to “disrupt and distort political debate.”

“Russia is obviously not the mastermind of the growth of populism in Europe, but it became clear that Russia welcomes it and, in some cases, actively supporting populist movements and extreme right-wing parties with Pro-Russian sentiments,” said Paddle.

Earlier, intelligence agencies and politics of several European countries announced Russia’s intervention in internal political processes. Information security service of the Czech Republic (BIS) has repeatedly accused Russia of conducting an information war in the country. A recent report by the BIS stated that the goal of Russian information warfare in 2015, was the penetration in the local media and spreading propaganda and disinformation to influence Czech public, as well as attempts to undermine the Czech-Polish relations, dissemination of information, discrediting the EU and NATO, and undermine the reputation of Ukraine.

As already wrote RBC, on 20 September 2016 in Moscow hosted a forum of the separatist movements, organized with the support close to the Kremlin Fund. Organized by the Russian “anti-Globalization movement” (ADR) under the leadership of Alexander ionov, a member of the Presidium of the public Union “Officers of Russia”. The grant for holding the conference in the amount of RUB 2 million has issued a national charitable Foundation dedicated to the support of the military-Patriotic projects and working under the patronage of the Kremlin (formerly RBC have already written about the preparation of the forum and its participants). Ions in addition to key speakers from the Russian side was made by a member of the Presidium of the party “Rodina” Fedor Biryukov and member of the Public chamber Georgy Fedorov.

Special forces of Poland also pointed to the high level of activity by Russian intelligence to discredit the positions of Poland and other NATO members on the Ukrainian crisis. “An important element of the Russian activities was the creation of differences between the EU and NATO. At first the plan put forward by the anti-European and anti-American statements are mostly skeptics of the member countries of the EU and the voices that criticize the toughening of policy towards the Russian Federation”, — stated in the report of the intelligence services. In addition, the Polish intelligence pointed to Russia’s active participation in the past year in supporting outreach projects that “simultaneously create positive image of Russia, and also show a negative light on opponents of the Kremlin’s policy”.

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