May 20, 2024, 15:13

Petro Oleshchuk: russia uses Istanbul Agreements as a tool for manipulation

The spread of disinformation about the so-called Istanbul Agreements by russia is nothing more than a method of manipulation for the aggressor country.

Petro Oleshchuk, political expert, Doctor of Political Sciences, made this statement during a discussion at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“The spread of the statements about the Istanbul Agreements, which are completely irrelevant now, and everyone perfectly understands this, is simply a tool for manipulation for russia. On the one hand, this influence (is meant to – Ed.) to disrupt or at least make the conference in Switzerland less effective, and on the other hand – to mislead everyone in the world so that everyone starts discussing something meaningless,” he explained.

In addition, the political expert believes that in this way russia is trying to “once again demonstrate its claim to peacemaking.”

“This is very important for them, because a large part of russia’s economic partners have no clear understanding why it (russia – Ed.) is still waging a war, which has a negative effect on the prices of food, grain, etc., and why they need it at all. That is why it is critically important for the russians to constantly keep the initiative and always say: “We are ready to end the war tomorrow, there were excellent Istanbul Agreements, and for some reason Ukraine did not agree to them, but we do not know why, anyway we are such excellent peacekeepers.” That is, the aggressor tries to come off as a peacemaker. And it is clear that it is for this reason that they spread these statements and promote them. Based on the scale of coverage, the scale of publications, the number of people involved in the promotion of all these “arrangements,” we can more or less accurately understand the total volume of russian influence in the global information space,” added Petro Oleshchuk.

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