American Institute assessed the role of Sputnik in the coverage of events in Africa
American foreign policy research Institute (FPRI) involved in the analysis of political problems and security issues, praised the role of Russia and the Russian media, including the Agency Sputnik, in light of the events in the horn of Africa region.
Speaking about the role of the Russian media, the researchers noted that the Agency Sputnik and RT focus on the positive news from the African continent, udelat attention to the development of social networks and the use of their materials to local media. This, according to analysts, strengthens the influence of the Russian "information war" against the United States.
Sputnik, according to the study, always trying to publicize the number of victims of the US attacks in Somalia in their efforts to combat terrorism and questioned the official US government data about victims.
Also in the study of Russia called "the passionate adventurer" in the horn of Africa region. According to the authors of the study, the government is not planning to intervene in the countries of the region, but may try to undermine there authority of the United States.
The situation with the Russian media in the West in recent years is becoming increasingly difficult. In November 2016, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, which refers to the need to counter the Russian media, with the main threats in the document named Sputnik and RT. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, commenting on the adoption of this resolution, congratulated the journalists of RT and Sputnik with productive work. However, he noted that this document is apparent degradation of the conception of democracy in Western society. According to Putin, he is counting on a triumph of common sense and hopes that the real limitations for the Russian media will not.
A number of Western politicians, including us senators and congressmen, and the President of France, was accused of Sputnik and RT interference in elections in the United States and France, however, did not lead any evidence. Russian officials said that such statements are unfounded.