Kremlin-funded state broadcaster Russia Today (RT) has announced that it has begun broadcasting online in Serbian.
The news was confirmed on Twitter by RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan.
A statement published on RT’s Russian-language website announced that full broadcasting of the Serbian-language television program will begin in 2024.
RT and Sputnik, as media outlets controlled by the Kremlin and financed from the Russian state budget, have not been allowed to broadcast in European Union countries since March 2022.
In addition to RT, since 2019, another pro-Kremlin medium, Sputnik, has been active in Serbia under the name Sputnik Serbia.
Brussels assesses that these two media are important tools of the Kremlin to spread propaganda and disinformation and are ready to “encourage and support Russian aggression” against Ukraine, and that they pose a “significant and direct threat to public order and security” of the EU “.
EU spokesman Peter Stano said Russia Today is part of the Kremlin’s propaganda and disinformation tools.
“Russia Today is part of Russia’s propaganda and disinformation instruments with which the Kremlin completes its illegal aggression against Ukraine and the murder of Ukrainian citizens,” Stano said.
Serbia is the only country in the region that has decided not to condemn Russian military aggression in Ukraine. Moreover, this country has refused to impose sanctions on Kremlin-funded Russian media outlets such as Sputnik and Russia Today./Telegrafi/