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2015.09.08 13:45

Culture Minister: We must defend our values from foreign ‘soft power’ traps

BNS  Lithuania must defend its values from not only Russia, which is employing certain “soft power” mechanisms in our country, but also from other countries, including Poland, Lithuanian Minister of Culture Šarūnas Birutis stated yesterday.

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Lithuania must defend its values from not only Russia, which is employing certain “soft power” mechanisms in our country, but also from other countries, including Poland, Lithuanian Minister of Culture Šarūnas Birutis stated yesterday.

“I would not focus on just Russia, as we must defend our values from anyone. I would say the same thing about Poland, which is near and has its own interests. Perhaps they don’t have a big base as their national minority is not big and they are trying to pursue their interests through it. But one way or another they are acting and funding certain ideological things,” Birutis said.

“Not only Russia [imposes its values] but also other countries which have interests here. They are doing the same thing,” he said at a Wednesday meeting of the opposition Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats’ (Conservatives) political group in the Seimas.

The group had invited the minister to discuss information wars against Lithuania.

Birutis said he did not have “a magical recipe” on what should be done. He said the Ministry of Culture is trying to promote local companies so that they were able to compete with cheap TV production from the East.

In response to HU-LCD members’ remarks about propaganda broadcasts on Russian TV channels in Lithuania, Birutis said that the EU directive protects media interests.

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