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Rennie: Sturgeon must reassure European partners over RT propaganda

November 20, 2017 11:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the First Minister to request that she set out what steps she will now take to reassure European partners in the wake of her predecessor taking up a role for the Kremlin-backed RT.

Mr Rennie said:

"The Estonian Ambassador has told a Scottish Parliament committee that RT is Kremlin-backed propaganda. To see a former First Minister directly attached to an organisation which promotes Putin's destabilisation agenda and which has been complicit in the cover up of events from human rights breaches to the Russian invasion of Crimea will be deeply worrying to our European partners.

"As the ambassador looked on the Deputy First Minister was unable to address these concerns in the chamber yesterday. That's why I am writing to Nicola Sturgeon asking her what she will do to reassure our European partners.

"We cannot afford for any country to misconstrue Mr Salmond's actions as any sort of reflection of the Scottish Government's policies. I believe it is incumbent upon the government to immediately engage in diplomatic efforts to reassure our European partners about Mr Salmond's role, or lack thereof."