The European Parliament approved a draft resolution equating counteracting Sputnik news agency and RT TV with resistance to Daesh propaganda. The vote on the issue is set for Wednesday. Sputnik spoke with the Executive Vice President of the Eurasia Center Earl Rasmussen as well as the member of the EU Parliament Javier Couso, about the issue.
Cold War 2.0
Talking about the EU resolution, Rasmussen said that “The EU is in panic mode and they are trying to lash out and find an enemy. Historically the enemy was Soviet Union and now they are grabbing at Russia even though Russia and the Soviet Union are completely different.”
Talking about the Russian media outlets, Rasmussen said, “The news that I have seen is reporting quite fairly and providing multiple perspectives and I don’t see it as a cause for that.” He said that this could potentially lead to establishment of organizations that will monitor news, control finances like the situation of RT in UK when the government bank stopped financing the channel.
“This resolution reminds of the Cold War time and that is oppressive. The main victims of this resolution are the EU citizens who want to be more informed about world events. Their opportunity to obtain alternative information other than the ‘approved’ Brussels information is being taken away,” Couso said.
“The fact is that its adoption will serve as another argument for those who do not cease to persuade the EU citizens about dangers of Russia, which in the text of the document is placed on par with the Islamic state [Daesh]. This further undermines the trust between Moscow and Brussels,” the EU parliament member concluded.