Africa: Russia

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th April 2022.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the (a) nature and (b) impact on global security of Russian disinformation campaigns in Africa.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Russian disinformation campaigns in Africa are a significant concern. The Kremlin narrative undermines valuable work being undertaken in counter terrorism and peacekeeping operations and has a destabilising effect. The Ministry of Defence is working closely with other Government Departments - particularly the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the HMG lead - to identify and counter disinformation from Putin's Russia and others.

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