MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. Russia attaches major importance to strengthening positions of Russian mass media abroad to provide the world community with objective information about Moscow’s stance on major international problems and the situation inside the country, according to a new concept of the Russian foreign policy approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.
"An important area of Russia’s foreign policy activities is providing the world community with objective information about Russia’s position on key international problems, its foreign policy initiatives and actions, processes and plans of socio-economic development in Russia, achievements of Russian culture and science," the document says.
According to the concept, Russia takes efforts to be taken unbiasedly in the world, "develops its own efficient means of information influence on public opinion abroad, promotes enhancing of the positions of Russian and Russian-language mass media in the global information space offering necessary state support."
Moscow "takes necessary measures to counter threats to its information security," for which ends it plans to "make a wide use of new information and communications technologies." "Russia will take effort to form a framework of legal and ethical norms for the safe use of such technologies. Russia defends the right of each individual for access to objective information about global developments and to various points of view on these development," the document underscores.
Another area of the development of public diplomacy in Russia, according to the document, is the expansion of the participation of representatives from the Russian scientific and expert community in the "dialogue with foreign specialists on issues of world politics and international security.".