US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Russia of spreading disinformation about vaccines and eroding trust in anti-COVID drugs.
Delivering remarks after consultations with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, Blinken outlined threats facing the bloc, including non-military ones.
“These include the use of disinformation campaigns and weaponised corruption to fuel distrust on our democracies, and cyber-attacks that target our critical infrastructure and steal intellectual property - from China’s blatant economic coercion of Australia to Russia’s use of disinformation to erode confidence in elections and in safe effective vaccines”, Blinken stated.
The top diplomat and NATO officials earlier in the day discussed Russia, agreeing that the alliance would engage with Moscow to advance their interests, including on arms control agreements, but would "hold Russia to account for its reckless and adversarial actions".
The foreign ministers of NATO member states convened on Tuesday for a two-day in-person meeting in Brussels - their first in-person meeting since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.