# LUC MICHEL’S GEOPOLITICAL DAILY/ THE EMERGING OF MULTIPOLAR WORLD SEEN FROM RUSSIA (IV): WESTERN WAR AGAINST RUSSIAN ‘SOFT POWER’

LM.GEOPOL - Cold war 2.0 seen from russia IV soft power war (2018 01 26) ENGL 1 (1)

LUC MICHEL (ЛЮК МИШЕЛЬ) & EODE/

Luc MICHEL pour EODE/

Quotidien géopolitique – Geopolitical Daily/

2018 01 26/

Russian Minister Lavrov examines the US and NATO war on Russian “soft power” (1): media, internet, sport, 2018 Football World Cup, Olympics games 2018 in South Korea, it’s a general offensive … »Look at the situation in the media (2), with which you are familiar. We see attempts to limit competition in the attitude to Russia Today and Sputnik in the United States and France, the deportation of our journalists and the closing of our networks in Moldova, Ukraine, Latvia and several other countries » said Lavrov.

And lastly, take sports (3) and the situation in this area in light of the upcoming Olympic Games and the decisions regarding Russian athletes.

* Résumé français :

Le ministre russe Lavrov examine la guerre que font les USA et les pays de l’OTAN au « soft power » russe (1): medias, internet, sport, coupe du monde 2018, Jeux olympiques 2018 en Corée du Sud, c’est une offensive générale …

« Regardez la situation dans les médias (2), avec laquelle vous êtes familiers: nous voyons des tentatives pour limiter la concurrence dans l’attitude envers la Russie et Spoutnik aux Etats-Unis et en France, la déportation de nos journalistes et la fermeture de nos réseaux en Moldavie, L’Ukraine, la Lettonie et plusieurs autres pays « , a déclaré Lavrov.

« Et enfin, prenez le sport (3) et la situation dans ce domaine à la lumière des prochains Jeux Olympiques et des décisions concernant les athlètes russes. « 

Part IV-

IN SPORTS AND MEDIAS, THE U.S. – WESTERN WAR AGAINST MOSCOW’ SOFT POWER

On January 15, 2018, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to questions from the media at a news conference on RUSSIAN DIPLOMACY IN 2017. During the meeting, Lavrov tackled all the main issues of Russian foreign policy ans the view of Russian Geopolitics.

Lavrov: « Look at the situation in the media, with which you are familiar. We see attempts to limit competition in the attitude to Russia Today and Sputnik in the United States and France, the deportation of our journalists and the closing of our networks in Moldova, Ukraine, Latvia and several other countries. Or take the recent initiative of President of France Emmanuel Macron, who has proposed rules for fighting fake news where only one party will decide if a piece of news is fake. There will be no discussions, evidence or arguments, or at least they are not stipulated in the initiative that has been made public.

« And lastly, take sports and the situation in this area in light of the upcoming Olympic Games and the decisions regarding Russian athletes. There is no doubt, as President Putin has said, and there are facts showing that some of our athletes used doping substances, but no national team has ever been collectively banned from the games before. In addition to a desire to injure Russia in some way, I also see this as fear of honest competition.

« It is obvious that Russian society take note and analyze media reports on Russian-U.S. relations and the United States – I have cited some examples of such reports made in the print media, on television and online. Public opinion is an important indicator. However, I believe that the main contribution to this situation is made by the U.S. administration, which is demonizing Russia. We have to respond to the hostile actions I have mentioned. We try to do this carefully rather than by retaliating with ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ We cannot tolerate absolutely illegal actions (I have not mentioned the unprecedented seizure of diplomatic property: we have completed preparations for launching legal proceedings). We have to react to them and to write about this, just as you are doing. Since our audiences, readers and social media users take note of the facts I have mentioned (there are many more such facts), I do not know how we can convince the Russian people to respond to a question about their attitude to the United States by saying that the U.S. is the best country in the world and they want the same in Russia. I think I will stop for now. »

EXCERPT 20 OF LAVROV’S SPEECH:

“SPUTNIK AND RUSSIA TODAY ARE UNWANTED AT THE ELYSEE”

Question: You have mentioned the French initiative on fighting fake news. If this initiative becomes law in France, will it be used primarily against the Russian media?

Lavrov: « As far as I know, only you, that is, Sputnik, plus Russia Today are unwanted at the events held at the Elysee Palace. I can presume that you were largely the cause for this French initiative.

« Of course, the initiative as it has been set out by President Macron concerns all sources of fake news, and decisions on whether a piece of news is fake will be taken without any exchange of arguments or rational consideration. At the least, this is how the situation looks now and this is how the initiative was formulated. The decision will be taken by a court without any witness testimony.

« The initiative has an interesting element. We have noted that there is no judgment process involved in deciding what can or cannot be regarded as fake news. The suggestion is that liberal democracies know which is which. This is not a quotation but the gist of the initiative in the context of the division of states into liberal democracies, non-liberal democracies and authoritarian states. It will be interesting to see how this initiative develops and what practical form it will take. »

Question: At the end of last week, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that it was aware of the dark PR campaigns the British media are preparing about the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Could you tell us more? Because as members of the British mass media we know absolutely nothing about this.

Lavrov: « As far as I know, today or possibly yesterday, The Guardian published a piece about the World Cup, about something being wrong here again. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said what we heard. You also write about what you heard or saw. So we heard that there is such a request. »

NOTES :

(1) See (in French) on LUC MICHEL’S GEOPOLITICAL DAILY/

SOFT POWER (II): CONCEPTIONS RUSSES DU SOFT POWER

On http://www.lucmichel.net/2017/11/17/luc-michels-geopolitical-daily-soft-power-ii-conceptions-russes-du-soft-power/

And :

On (in French) EODE-TV/ LUC MICHEL:

A BATONS ROMPUS SUR LE ‘SOFT POWER RUSSE’ ET LA ‘DIPLOMATIE PARALLELE’ D’EODE – (SOFT POWER PARTIE 1)

https://vimeo.com/242079030

A BATONS ROMPUS SUR LE ‘SOFT POWER RUSSE’ ET LA ‘DIPLOMATIE PARALLELE’ D’EODE – (SOFT POWER PARTIE 2)

https://vimeo.com/242637227

(2) See (in French) on LUC MICHEL’S GEOPOLITICAL DAILY/

SOFT POWER (I): LA GUERRE MEDIATIQUE CONTRE LA RUSSIE ET LE ‘SOFT POWER’ RUSSE ET LA RIPOSTE DE MOSCOU

Sur http://www.lucmichel.net/2017/11/16/luc-michels-geopolitical-daily-soft-power-i-la-guerre-mediatique-contre-la-russie-et-le-soft-power-russe-et-la-riposte-de-moscou/

(3) See (in French) on LUC MICHEL’S GEOPOLITICAL DAILY/

GEOPOLITIQUE DU SPORT ET SOFT POWER : POUTINE ACCUSE LES ETATS-UNIS D’ŒUVRER EN SOUS-MAIN POUR EMPECHER LA RUSSIE D’ETRE PRESENTE AUX JEUX OLYMPIQUES D’HIVER 2018, A PYEONGCHANG

On http://www.lucmichel.net/2017/10/24/luc-michels-geopolitical-daily-geopolitique-du-sport-et-soft-power-poutine-accuse-les-etats-unis-doeuvrer-en-sous-main-pour-empecher-la-russie-detre-presente-aux-jeux-o/

And :

Podcast (in French) sur EODE-TV/

SUR RADIO CAMEROUN : LUC MICHEL. FIFAGATE A QUI PROFITE LE SCANDALE ?

On https://vimeo.com/130627045

(Source: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – Mid.ru)

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