'In the document, the US agency known best for its trademark white humanitarian aid boxes outlines four goals on countering alleged Russian influence on sovereign nations in Europe and swaying their policies in favor of the US.
On Friday, the US Agency for International Development rolled out a three-page document blatantly called “Countering Malign Kremlin Influence (CMKI) Development Framework.” Announced in April, the document represents a strategy expressed in four objectives, each broken down into two or three steps.
“The Russian Government and its proxies aim to weaken US influence in the world and divide us from our allies and partners,” the document says. “They are using subversive measures to weaken the credibility of America’s commitment to Europe, undermine transatlantic unity, and weaken European institutions and governments.”
According to the document, Russia allegedly seeks to entangle nations by “undermining democratic institutions and the rule of law,” by “manipulation of information,” and by exploiting “energy vulnerabilities” and “economic vulnerabilities.”
This is not the first time in recent years that the US has outlined the Russian government as the source of the world’s evil.
Pentagon White Paper
In July 2019, the Pentagon, in cooperation with academics and think tanks, presented a 150-page document called “Russian Strategic Intentions.” The document outlined “Russian malign influence and activities below the level of armed conflict,” in the form of “threatening other states militarily, or compromising their societies, economies, and governments by employing a range of means and methods to include propaganda, disinformation, and cultural, religious, and energy coercion.”
In their paper, the Pentagon and academics bemoaned that the “polarized” US government, entrenched in political power struggle between the White House and the opposition Democratic party, has become effectively enable to stage a united front to counter the alleged Russian influence.'
Read more: Once More, With Feeling: US Rolls Out Strategy to Counter ‘Malign Kremlin Influence’
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