Negative coverage of Russia in UK press hindering new businesses — Chamber

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Russo-British Chamber of Commerce’s (RBCC) on Tuesday said that the negative coverage of Russian affairs in the UK press outlet is hindering business progress in Russia.

The chamber’s executive chairman, Alf Torrents told Sputnik in an interview that efforts to persuade new UK businesses to enter the Russian market were becoming difficult.

“What we have found is that all the businesses that are established in Russia, none of them leave because of the various road bumps.

“They know the market, its a good market, but the difficulty we have is persuading new businesses to come because they see it from quite a colour perspective.’’

According to the RBCC’s executive chairman, the UK media’s coverage of Russian affairs often takes a negative tone, which is dissuading businesspeople from entering the Russian market.

“Business owners read the papers, and they see it through the political prism of the national press, and I think that’s where it becomes more difficult because many of the stories that business in the UK reads about Russia tend to be very negative.

“So, when you’re looking through a prism which is overwhelmingly negative, we know it puts a lot of businesses off.’’

Torrents said that international trade, even in the best of circumstances has its difficulties.

In October 2019, the Rossiya Segodnya news agency published the findings of its study on the portrayal of Russia in Western media outlets.

The study found that 50.6 percent of news stories about Russia published by UK press outlets were negative, compared to just 0.9 percent that portrayed Russia in a positive light.

Speaking in May, Russian Ambassador in London Andrei Kelin said that the UK press tends to leave everything positive concerning Russia “hushed up’’ by publishing only negative stories. (Sputnik/NAN)

– Nov. 10, 2020 @ 12:15 GMT |

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