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    Berlin Vows to Help to Estonia to Counter Russian 'Disinformation Campaign’

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday pledged Berlin's support in countering Russia's alleged "disinformation" campaign in Estonia that aims at the Russian-speaking minority.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The two countries plan to cooperate in organizing training courses for Estonian journalists and journalism students, and supporting the Estonian Public Broadcasting agency (ERR). Similar programs are also planned for neighboring Latvia and Estonia.

    "We must come up with something to counter the disinformation campaign that took place during the escalation of the Ukraine conflict," Steinmeier said at a press conference with his Estonian counterpart, as cited by Der Spiegel.

    This is not meant to be a disinformation campaign to counter alleged "Russian propaganda", but rather to create alternative media sources and raise a new generation of journalists, the German foreign minister assured the press.

    Steinmeier is on a two-day trip to the Baltic Sea states, which have a million-strong combined Russian population. According to Der Spiegel, they will be the primary target of the new projects, with the Deusche Welle providing Russian-language content for local broadcasters.

    Relations between Moscow and the West-leaning Baltic nations hit rock bottom after the start of the 2014 Ukraine crisis. In the recent months, the European Union and the United States have been considering a raft of media projects to allegedly offset Russian "disinformation" in Europe.


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