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Sputnik and Russia Today banned

The Council of the European Union has introduced further restrictions in response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. As of March 1, EU member states are urgently suspending Sputnik and Russia Today (including all language versions).

The National Security Auhority therefore asked the operators in Slovakia to carry out the blocking in accordance with the European regulation.

The restrictions are temporary and will last until Russia ceases to carry out disinformation and manipulative activities against the European Union. The obligation for operators applies to cable and satellite television, IP-TV, internet service providers, internet platforms and video sharing applications.

“Systematic manipulation of information and the use of misinformation by the Kremlin is being used as an operational tool in the attack on Ukraine. They pose a serious and direct threat to the Union’s public order and security, “said Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The Union has previously imposed sanctions on Russia Today’s management, including editor-in-chief Margarita Simonian.

The EU decision takes into account the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Russia has long been engaged in information operations in the virtual space. The Slovak security forces constantly monitor disinformation narratives, which are spread to the general public. They lead to its polarization, they undermine citizens’ trust in the state and attack the principles of democratic, constitutional establishment.

You can access the mentioned EU legal acts here.