Putin accused the European media in manipulating public opinion

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin sent the Italian newspaper La Stampa congratulatory telegram on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the publication of its first issue. The text of the telegram editorial staff and readers of the newspaper published on the Kremlin website.

“La Stampa — an example of traditional values in journalism. The publication gives the floor to people with different points of view, provides good opportunities for conducting constructive discussions”, — wrote Putin.

At the same time, the Russian leader lamented the fact that in recent years the most authoritative European media “has become a tool to manipulate public opinion” and information war in Europe “were a daily reality.” “Biased media prefer to present distorted for the sake of someone’s interests picture of the situation”, — the telegram reads.

Information stuffing, according to Putin, “they began to tear down the fate not only of individuals, but also to rewrite the political landscape of entire Nations”.

In November 2016, La Stampa published an article on Putin entitled “a Time to trust Russia, a common front against terror.” It was a speech that was built during the cold war NATO has not adapted to the new conditions, and “the burden of mutual distrust” between Russia and the West does not find effective answers to the threats facing the world community.