Appathurai welcomes Ukraine’s aspirations to implement NATO standards and mentions that such a move provides for better cooperation with the member states. 

The NATO official also stresses that it’s important for the EU countries to understand the threat of Russia influencing their political parties thus inflicting potential damage while the Kremlin’s propaganda campaign is indeed another, very powerful, element of a hybrid war set to shift public opinion and foreign policy.

According to Appathurai, being aware of such propaganda and telling people the truth is the most efficient way to counter its advance.

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