In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Union on Sunday took the unprecedented transfer of banning Russian state-backed tv channels Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik.
“Russia Today and Sputnik, as well as their subsidiaries, will no longer be able to spread their lies to justify Putin’s war and to sow division in our union,” stated European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. “So we are developing tools to ban their toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe.”
Von der Leyen stated the transfer was a part of a broader plan to ban “Kremlin’s media machine” from Europe. “We are developing tools to ban the toxic and harmful disinformation in Europe.”
RT and Sputnik are extensively seen as mouthpieces of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities. Broadcasting in a number of languages, the channels have been accused of spreading misinformation and pro-Russian propaganda. On Saturday, Foxtel suspended the printed of RT in Australia. In the U.Okay., RT is beneath evaluation by media regulator Ofcom.
Europe has ratcheted up its sanctions in opposition to Russia within the wake of the nation’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday. The European Commission on Saturday stated they’d be part of the U.S., Britain, Canada and Japan in banning some Russian banks from the SWIFT monetary messaging system, basically barring them from worldwide transactions. The 27 nations within the European Union have additionally shut their airspace to Russian airways. “We are shutting down the EU airspace for Russians,” von der Leyen stated. “We are proposing a prohibition on all Russian-owned, Russian-registered or Russian-controlled aircraft. These aircraft will no more be able to land in, take off or overfly the territory of the EU.”
The strikes observe a risk by Putin on Sunday that was placing his nation’s nuclear forces on excessive alert. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Sunday he had agreed to ship a Ukrainian delegation to satisfy with Russian negotiators to debate, “without preconditions,” an finish to the conflict.
“I do not really believe in the outcome of this meeting, but let them try so that later not a single citizen of Ukraine has any doubt that I, as President, tried to stop the war, when there was even a small, but still a chance,” Zelenskiy stated, by way of his official Telegram channel.
Zelenskiy stated the assembly would happen on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.