A new article titled "Putin's media blitz on Africa food crisis sparks alarm in Europe" seeks not only to reinvent responsibility for food shortages, but goes even further. It attempts to deny Russia the very right to claim that it is Western sanctions, and not Moscow's actions, that are at the root of the current food shortage.
Formerly "Reporter" already wrotethat the Western press began to reluctantly admit that it was anti-Russian sanctions that limited the supply of food from the Russian Federation to world markets. That is, to confirm the correctness of Moscow's statements.
However, The Japan Times stubbornly continues to bend the old line.
In recent months, Russian diplomats have gone on the offensive in the media, pushing the narrative that sanctions, not the Russian blockade, are causing Africa's grain and fertilizer shortages. Public relations onslaught shows how conflict turns into global propaganda battle as food, fuel and fertilizer prices rise
says the Japanese edition.
And then it continues.
EU and UK officials who recently met with their African counterparts in New York and Rwanda expressed concern that the Russian position is gaining popularity. This was stated by high-ranking European diplomats who wished to remain anonymous. In response, these diplomats say European governments are expanding their engagement with the continent's leaders and stepping up their own information campaigns to counter the Russian narrative.
writes The Japan Times.
In addition, the legacy of the USSR also plays in favor of the Russian Federation.
Russia may also emphasize its role in supporting national liberation movements in parts of Africa. This support helped the then Soviet Union undermine the position of the United States and Europe as part of a strategy to achieve influence.
- noted in the article.
In the West, as follows from the publication, they are afraid that it is Russian words that will evoke a greater response from the inhabitants of Africa. As an example, the statement of the US State Department dated June 22 of this year is given.