This was announced by U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon in St Andrews University on Feb. 2, Censor.NET reports citing the U.K. government portal.
In his speech titled Coping with Russia Fallon spoke mostly about Russian propaganda that, according to him, has turned into 'blatant lies' (Russian word 'vranyo').
"Another feature of Russian activity is the elevation of what Churchill called the "terminological inexactitude", to an art form.
"There is a special Russian word for this….. Not "maskirovka"…the old deception perpetrated by its intelligence agencies…but "vranyo" where the listener knows the speaker is lying, and the speaker knows the listener knows he is lying, but keeps lying anyway," Fallon said.
NATO and the West should do more to tackle the false reality promoted through Soviet-style misinformation, the secretary said.
"Part of our response is for NATO and the West to do more to tackle the false reality promoted through Soviet-style misinformation. Whatever else we do on deterrence and dialogue we must counter Putin's Pravda with a faster truth.
"A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting its boots on.
"We need to call out messengers like RT and Sputnik. In 2015 Ofcom sanctioned RT for broadcasting content "either materially misleading or not duly impartial" regarding Syria and Ukraine. It is beyond irony that one of those programmes was called "Truthseeker"," Fallon said.
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