Russia is not just reportedly creating tensions in the Middle East but also in the European region. According to reports, Moscow may be looking into ousting Germany’s Angela Merkel to destabilize the continent. Is there a new war brewing in the European region?
Russia is in the middle of another round of concerns as recent reports stated that the country is creating unrest in the European region and seeking to oust Germany’s Angela Merkel in the process. According to a NATO expert, Russia is using a propaganda network to provoke anger and create discord in the European continent.
Jānis Sārts, director of NATO’s Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, explained to the Observer (via The Guardian): “[Russia] is establishing a network that can be controlled. You can use it as they have tried to do in Germany, combined with the legitimate issue of refugees, to undercut political processes in a very serious way. Angela Merkel has been a very adamant supporter of continued sanctions against Russia.”
“If it was just punishment, that would be OK – but it is testing whether they can build on pre-existing problems and create a momentum where there is political change in Germany.”
However, Sārts did clarify that he was only saying this as an expert and is not reflective of NATO’s stand on the matter. “I think they test whether they can – in such a big country, with not so many vulnerabilities in normal times – actually create a circumstance through their influence where there is a change of top leadership. They are using Russian speakers, social media, trying to build on the existing faultlines. Use the far right narrative and exploit that,” the official added.