Our partners say all the time that we are acting aggressively, assuming that we have always acted aggressively.
Russia or our country, whether it is the Russian Federation, the Soviet Union or the Russian Empire has never been at the origin of world war for example WWI or WWII. We have never caused a global collapse, an international disaster. It never happened. With other countries, yes. And this has been done by countries which for some reason now call us an aggressor, a historical aggressor. This is fake news, it is not true.
Recurrent disinformation narrative: The Soviet Union and Russia were always defending themselves and were never the aggressor of other countries or involved in the start of global conflicts.
In 2019 for the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe, the European Parliament stated that:
"The Government of Russia is now not only not condemning the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, but is actively re-establishing it as a means of defending the nation against aggressors, and is thus by extension rewriting history and exonerating the perpetrators of the associated crimes;
whereas it has become commonplace for Russia to deny responsibility and blame hostilities on the West in its official rhetoric, creating a reliable propaganda base upon which it can rely to justify its disregard of international law and continue its aggression against Eastern Partnership countries;
Stresses that the Second World War, the most devastating war in Europe’s history, was caused by the notorious Nazi-Soviet Treaty of Non-Aggression of 23 August 1939, also called the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and its secret protocols, which allowed two totalitarian regimes that shared the goal of world conquest to divide Europe into two zones of influence"
The myth of a defensive and not aggressive Soviet Union/Russia contain false flag operations as casus belli (for instance in the First Soviet-Finnish War) and hybrid war techniques (in today’s Ukraine).
In Ukraine, Donbas: There is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in Eastern Ukraine, in the Donbas. The EU condemns the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".
In the Georgian Region of South Ossetia, a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative tries to deny any role for Russia in the war of 2008 which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia; a clear violation of Georgia's sovereignty. Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see for example the European Parliament's declaration. The EU's independent investigative commission into the 2008 Russia-Georgian war confirmed that Russia had been provoking Georgia for a long time and "Much of the Russian military action went far beyond the reasonable limits of defence.
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