We must never give up our ambition to work normally with Russia, but it will not happen under Putin, says TOMÁŠ VALÁŠEK, vice-chairman of Progressive Slovakia, in an interview. He criticises parties that reject sanctions, saying they are a unique way to "deny Moscow the ability to kill Ukrainians and at some stage to hurt us as well". According to him, this is "a clearly legible security interest of Slovakia".

According to the latest Eurobarometer, the people of Slovakia consider the situation on the international scene to be the Union's biggest challenge. Less than half like the idea of enlarging the bloc. After Slovaks, no one in the EU has a more negative attitude towards the common migration policy.

Investing in the complex media literacy programmes for the public, specialized programmes for the media and non-journalists, political elites, but also for the law enforcement agencies is essential, according to Slovak and Czech experts. It could eventually strengthen the resilience of wider society in the fight against disinformation.

Disinformation online media are funded by advertising, as well. If the companies order it via agencies, they may not even know what websites it will end up on. The advertising budgets of the "Western" companies may thus help spread the Russian propaganda.