Russia’s Sputnik Now Partners with Slovakia’s Largest News Agency

By Coda Story

The Kremlin-funded Sputnik news agency and radio broadcaster signed its first cooperation agreement with Slovakia’s largest news agency TASR. The agencies will exchange English language content as well as develop what Sputnik called “joint projects aiming to strengthen the relations between Russia and Slovakia.”

The network was scrutinized in a January 6 report from U.S. intelligence agencies to the Senate about Russian meddling in the presidential election, with the authors of the report calling Sputnik part of Russia’s “state-run propaganda machine” that specifically targets global audiences. Sputnik broadcasts in over 30 languages, runs a 24-hour news wire and has regional offices in Washington, Cairo, Beijing and Montevideo.