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HOW RUSSIAN STATE CHANNELS DESCRIBE THE NORD STREAM 2?

The Nord Stream II pipeline project is a lobbying tool for the Russian government, which uses it to keep the Western money flowing towards the Kremlin elite and increase its leverage against key European decision makers. Recent history only confirms that the Kremlin uses energy as a tool of blackmail.

Perhaps the best way to understand what role the Nord Stream II plays in Russia’s objectives is to look at the coverage by the Russian official state channels, serving the Kremlin to spread disinformation and state propaganda amongst the Russian citizens as well as the European audiences.

For that reason, the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in cooperation with the European Values Centre for Security Policy prepared a video and an infographic, explaining how Russian state media portray Nord Stream 2 and what the threats behind this project are.

“Russian media and officials insist that Nord Stream 2 is a safe business initiative, when it fact it is neither safe nor purely economic. It is a powerful political leverage that has capabilities to undermine European energy security”, says Oleksandra Tsekhanovska, senior analyst at Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group, UCMC.

“The collective security system, which had been a priority for many years after World War II, is now under a threat. Nord Stream 2 project is a danger not just for Ukraine or Poland. This is about the security of all Europe. Energy, economic and, finally, physical security as well. The “business as usual” formula may have short-term dividends, but the whole region loses in the long run,” – says Liubov Tsybulska, Head of HWAG.

The primary goal of the produced materials is not only to be shared amongst wider public, but also to provide a better and more comprehensive idea about how the West is portrayed by Russian state channels to policy-makers and decision-makers.

We would like to encourage you to share them with your peers, colleagues and anyone who might find the information relevant.

We would also like to draw your attention to the previous materials produced within this project, especially the videos summarizing the Russian state media coverage of the assassination of Sergei Skripal and the shooting down of the MH17.

Red Watch Program

Chinese influence is gradually posing a security problem, and not only in Europe. Although Communist China is a less immediate military threat than Russia, its hostile interference operations are equally worrisome, as documented by Czech and allied intelligence services. Red Watch Program focuses on focus on analyzing and countering this malign influence.

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The European Values is announcing updates for the fall season

  1. From now on, we are the European Values Center for Security Policy
  2. We are launching a new Red Watch Program on Chinese influence
  3. Veronika Víchová is the new Head of the Kremlin Watch Program
  1. European Values Center for Security Policy

The European Values is a legally registered association and think tank. We formulate and present recommendations especially in the field of foreign and security policy. To increase our understandability among Czech audiences, we are presenting ourselves from now on as the European Values Center for Security Policy (bezpečnostní centrum Evropské hodnoty), which more precisely characterizes our work. In short, we are now referred to as the European Values Center or EVC. Číst dále

Press Release: European Values Think-Tank among 30 Russia watchers targeted by the most sophisticated cyber attack ever done on ProtonMail, probably by the GRU

In late July 2019, multiple experts of the European Values Think-Tank became targets of what the ProtonMail CEO described as “the most sophisticated [he has] ever encountered”. According to investigative group Bellingcat, the phishing campaign targeted at least 30 Russia-focused individuals: Číst dále

Public Appeal by European Security and Foreign Policy Experts:

Josep Borrell has a track record of accommodating the Kremlin’s positions over those of the European Union, and therefore should not lead EU foreign policy

In light of the Russian Federation’s ongoing aggression against Georgia and Ukraine, together with its interference in European democracies via malign disinformation operations, cyber-attacks, support for extremist groups, and even a military-grade chemical attack on EU soil, we have been disappointed by the weak performance of outgoing EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, who has consistently appeased the Kremlin during her time in office and failed to adequately confront its hostile behaviour towards Europe.

On Tuesday, July 2nd, the European Council nominated Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell as the next EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy.

However, during his 12-month tenure as Spanish Foreign Minister, Mr. Borrell’s posture towards Russia has raised serious concerns at least on three separate occasions:

  • In November 2018, Mr. Borrell agreed with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Spain and Russia would set up a joint cyber-security working group to address disinformation, ignoring the fact that Russia is the number one source of hostile foreign disinformation in Europe. Although the EU has an official counter-disinformation strategy and a dedicated team of experts devoted to exposing Russia’s disinformation efforts, Mr. Borrell instead chose to team up with the Kremlin, contradicting the positions of both the European Council and the European Parliament.

On these three occasions, Mr. Borrell has effectively sided with the Russian Federation on major geopolitical and security issues, in direct contradiction with the positions of the EU or Spain’s allies.

We believe that someone who has repeatedly failed to confront the Russian security threat to the EU and who has a track record of siding with Russia instead of EU allies should not be in charge of the EU’s foreign and security policy. If Josep Borrell becomes the new High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Russia will be encouraged, not deterred, in its hostile activities and attempts to destabilise Europe. Accordingly, we urge European leaders and the European Parliament to reconsider Mr. Borrell’s nomination.

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Workshop: National case studies from the Czech Republic and Lithuania on Russian influence and counter-measures

On June 18 afternoon (13:00 – 17:00) European Values Think-Tank will organize workshops for Georgian journalists and analysts from non-governmental organizations.

The workshops will present case studies from Czech Republic and Lithuania on Russian influence operations and lessons learned from NATO countries.

The event will be held under Chatham House Rule, working language is English, no interpreting.

Venue of this event is Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi.

Georgian journalists and NGO analysts are welcome to register to receive further information via email:

Fellowships and Internships for Foreign Experts and Students

In our international team, we welcome foreign students and experts to exchange experience and work on joint projects. In 2019, we had our colleagues in/from more than 8 foreign countries on/from 4 continents.

Below, see some examples of framework cooperation which we are proud to have:

  •  The University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy – foreign internship placements for their students
  • The University of Glasgow – foreign internship placements for their students (long-term cooperation set, no students yet)
  • Polish Naval Academy in Gdynia – foreign internship placements for their students (long-term cooperation set, no students yet)
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah – foreign internship placements for their students studying the Czech language
  • EUSA – Academic Internship Experts – a not-for-profit international education organization arranging internship placements for international students
  • AIFS – American Institute for Foreign Study – AIFS operates two semester study stays in Prague, where students can study either at Charles University or at the University of Economics (VŠE)
  • CEA Study Abroad – CEA organizes study and academic, unpaid internships for university students from America. Interns work in the visiting organizations and besides that, they are also studying at AAU.
  • CIEE – coordinates the program of internships offered during the study stay of foreign students from the USA in Prague. Interns are rewarded with school credits for it.
  • Besides that, we regularly hire interns for our online Kremlin Watch internships from well-known universities such as Sciences Po, University of Oxford, Georgetown University, etc.

 

For more information, please contact:

Klára Veverka

Deputy Director for Operations

veverka@evropskehodnoty.cz

The Significance and Modalities of Deterrence: The Current Military & Strategic Situation in the Baltics

European Values Think-Tank presents a new report by the Security Strategies Program Head, Martin Svárovský. The text is reflecting the need for deterrent and reassuring measures in the form of the European Reassurance Initiative / European Deterrence Initiative along with the Enhanced Forward Presence and their further reinforcement, especially in the Baltics. PDF available here.