Baltic, Polish culture ministers call for limiting use of EU satellites for Russian propaganda

  • 2022-11-29
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Culture Minister Simonas Kairys and his Latvian, Estonian and Polish counterparts have called for limiting the use of satellites the EU's jurisdiction for Russian propaganda outside Europe.

The ministers urged the European Commission to make the move at a meeting of EU culture ministers in Brussels on Tuesday, the Lithuanian Culture Ministry said.

"We call on the European Commission to ensure, within its competence, that European satellite service providers stop broadcasting Kremlin-controlled propaganda channels via satellites. We also call on all member states to continue to ensure full compliance with the sanction regime," the joint statement reads.

Kairys also stressed that "a free, strong Ukraine in Europe, having preserved its culture and history" is countries' common aspiration.

"We are currently working together with other countries in the region within various formats to draw attention to the decades-long falsification of history by the aggressor Russia. Today, Russia is particularly aggressive in spreading lies, propaganda and disinformation," Kairys said.

"An adequate assessment of Soviet crimes and the lessons of history must serve us well in preventing the myths that Russia is spreading today. It's important for the world to properly assess the Soviet Holodomor and recognize it as a genocide of the Ukrainian people. Lithuania did so back in 2005," he said.

Kairys also expressed his support for the creation of a common European fund to support the Ukrainian cultural sector, and also informed about the Lithuanian government's fund for the restoration of Ukraine and plans to restore at least one Ukrainian cultural object with the help of this fund.