With the US, France, Germany and the UK struggling to battle the COVID-19 outbreak, the Russian President is allegedly pouring out propaganda to blame the western powers for the virus. Both Russia and China have been accused by the EU of spreading disinformation about the virus. In addition, a new study published by The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy stated Russia has instigated a new campaign to dismantle the western power structure following the virus outbreak.

The report’s author, Sergey Sukhankin said: “Putin’s larger goal in spreading propaganda and conspiracy theories is to subvert the West.

“Russia seeks to seriously damage the solidarity among EU members and capitalise on any internal European weaknesses to promote broader conflicts.

“COVID-19 is seen as an ideal way for Russia to deal a powerful blow not only to the EU but to inflict damage on the ties between Europe and its North American allies.”

The European External Action Service also revealed it had recorded more than 150 cases of pro-Kremlin information on COVID-19 between January and the end of March.

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It said: “A significant disinformation campaign by Russian state media and pro-Kremlin outlets regarding COVID-19 is ongoing.

“The overarching aim of Kremlin disinformation is to aggravate the public health crisis in Western countries in line with the Kremlin’s broader strategy of attempting to subvert European societies.”

The accusations towards Russia and China came as both countries sent medical professionals and aid to the EU.

Italy received supplies and 100 military medics from Russia at the end of last month.

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China too, also sent 1.7 million medical masks to Greece while medics have also arrived in the UK.

In reference to the alleged misinformation strategy and the influx of supplies, the report from the University of Calgary stated both Russian and China will become the two leading states in the world.

It said: “Moscow views the virus as a fortuitous harbinger of the end of the post-Cold War liberal world order.

“The new leaders to emerge from this liberal collapse, according to this view, will be Russia and China.

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China too, also sent 1.7 million medical masks to Greece while medics have also arrived in the UK.

In reference to the alleged misinformation strategy and the influx of supplies, the report from the University of Calgary stated both Russian and China will become the two leading states in the world.

It said: “Moscow views the virus as a fortuitous harbinger of the end of the post-Cold War liberal world order.

“The new leaders to emerge from this liberal collapse, according to this view, will be Russia and China.

“Indeed, Russia is seeking to strengthen its ties with China, as well as with Iran, and the danger is that other rogue states could join this new configuration.”

Refuting the claims, Kremlin Spokesman, Dimitry Peskov said they were merely an example anti-Russian rhetoric.

He said: “We’re talking again about some unfounded allegations which in the current situation are probably the result of an anti-Russian obsession.”

The allegations of interference from Russia and China come amid a time of crisis for the EU.

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte has constantly questioned the bloc over its inability to supports a member’s state.

Mr Conte had called on the EU to push forward with a bond scheme whereby Italy could increase its debt in also to deal with the contagion.

The proposal, however, has been vetoed by certain countries such as the Netherlands.

Mr Conte said: “The EU is competing with China, and with the US that has allocated €2 trillion to react.

“If our reaction is not cohesive, vigorous and coordinated, Europe will become less and less competitive on the global market stage.”

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