VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) – According to Putin, in many Eastern European countries, “[anti-] Russian propaganda and politics has become a factor in internal political struggle."
"As I said, these vestiges of the Cold War, of the past, they don’t allow to move forward. Europe has expanded to include Eastern European countries, which have always eyed… the Soviet Union with great suspicion… and [this attitude] has shifted to modern Russia,” Putin said.
Such inflation of anti-Russia sentiments “is very harmful and counterproductive,” the president said.
Speaking at the 9th Europe-Russia Forum in the EU Parliament in late November, Russia’s envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov said that the West’s anti-Russia campaign recently reached unprecedented proportions.