Brincar aos alvos é um modo de ser e estar do regime de Vladimir Putin. Desta vez, a sorte coube à Finlândia.
(…) He says Finland is facing intensifying media attacks led by Kremlin.
“We believe this aggressive influencing from Russia aims at creating distrust between leaders and citizens, and to have us make decisions harmful to ourselves,” he said. “It also aims to make citizens suspicious about the European Union, and to warn Finland over not joining NATO.”
Finland won independence during Russia’s revolution of 1917 but nearly lost it fighting the Soviet Union in World War Two. It kept close to the West economically and politically during the Cold War but avoided confrontation with Moscow.
Mantila, who is also the head of government communications, says Russian media last month reported on “cold-blooded” Finnish authorities taking custody of children from a Russian family living in Finland “due to their nationality”.
The Finnish government denied the reports, while declining to comment on an individual case due to the legal procedure. However, the story has been replicated hundreds of times in Russia over the past few weeks.
A report by Kremlin-led NTV said “even the locals call Finland a land of ruthless and irrational child terror.” (…)