BRUSSELS, (BM) – “Russia and China are using a pandemic to destabilize the West,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned in an interview with La Repubblica, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
At the same time, the politician drew attention to the fact that these countries are resorting to propaganda, “fake news” and misinformation for political influence on NATO and EU partners.
Stoltenberg expressed confidence that the coronavirus was not artificially created, but noted that he had some doubts. He advocated conducting an international assessment of the situation in order to find out the causes of this virus.
“Chinese and Russian government and non-government forces are massively disseminating misinformation and propaganda in order to pervert the truth,” the politician emphasized. “Of course, we have shown that we are united and help each other.”
In an interview, he explained that as long as there is free media, disinformation cannot win. “I have seen campaigns against all allies, but polls continue to show great support for NATO, including in Italy,” he said.
“We must be ready for the second wave of the disease (…) We need to strengthen our immunity so as not to lose control over the infrastructure of special significance,” he warned.
In a conversation, NATO Secretary General noted that the 5G technology of the Chinese company Huawei may be dangerous. In his view, the allies should avoid foreign investment, which could jeopardize the confidentiality of these citizens of NATO countries.
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