Russia’s foreign policy goals regarding the West are can be defined in the following way - “to weaken the West economically, to split it politically, and to establish Russia as the hegemonic power on the European continent”.
The Dynamics of Russia’s Information Activities Against Ukraine During the Syria Campaign. Riga: NATO StratCom COE, Center for International Studies, 2016.
Two major geopolitical conflicts are at the core of this research. Military conflict in Syria and the related rise of terrorism carried out by Daesh, in both the region and beyond, pose an enormous policy challenge for the governments of the United States of America (US) and Europe. Simultaneously, Russia faces sanctions after it annexed Crimea – the biggest and most serious geopolitical violation of national borders in the 21st century so far. This paper provides an analysis of the dynamics and changes in the level of Russia’s information activities against Ukraine before and after the commencement of the Syrian campaign. The analysis proves that, despite the geographical distance between them, both conflicts share mutually coordinated strategic narratives promoted by Russia. This report argues that the strategic goals of the Russian government’s propaganda are the following: