1) TURKEY VOWS RETALIATION IF U.S SLAPS IT WITH SANCTIONS OVER S-400 DEAL
Turkey will retaliate if the United States introduces sanctions against the country over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defence systems.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, if the United States takes steps against Turkey, then Turkey will have to do the same.
In December 2017, Moscow and Ankara signed an agreement for the delivery of the state-of-the-art S-400 systems.
The Turkish decision to purchase the Russian missile defence systems angered the United States.
Washington has repeatedly relayed its concerns to its once closest NATO ally, Turkey, that the systems might be incompatible with NATO standards.
2) EU CALLS FOR MORE DATA FROM ONLINE PLATFORMS IN FIGHT AGAINST FAKE NEWS
The European Union stated that online platforms must do more to combat disinformation, including sharing data on their efforts, after it tracked suspected Russian and domestic attempts to disrupt last month’s European Parliament elections.
In a review, the EU assesses efforts to safeguard the May vote for the EU’s legislature by funding fact-checking organisations, building up an in-house unit to counter disinformation from Russia, and enlisting the help of Facebook, Google, Twitter and others.
It cites what it called evidence of a “continued and sustained” effort by Russian elements to promote extreme views and polarise local debate through disinformation spread online.
EU governments and NATO allies say Russia is targeting elections to undermine Western democracy.