Disinfo: Merkel plans to relocate 500,000 migrants to Georgia by the end of 2020

Summary

It is planned to relocate 500,000 migrants to Georgia by the end of 2020. The Georgian government and the opposition have given their consent to it. The story is illustrated with a picture of Angela Merkel on the background of refugees.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about migrants being relocated to Georgia. Georgia has no commitment to accept migrants. No similar statements on accepting migrants have ever been made either by the Georgian government or by the opposition. Further debunking by Mythdetector.

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  • Reported in: Issue 122
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian, Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Germany
  • Keywords: European Union, Angela Merkel, Europe, Migration crisis
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After the Soviet Union fell apart, the US offered Russia to keep so-called "grey zones" in Eastern Europe

[Context: Georgia’s potential NATO membership] After the Soviet Union fell apart, the US offered Russia to keep so-called “grey zones” in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, which will be in nobody’s sphere of interest and will serve as a “security buffer zone”,

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on US and NATO. NATO made no promises not to accept new members from eastern and central Europe back in 1990, which was confirmed by the former president of the Soviet Union Mihail Gorbachev. Back in 2014, Gorbachev said:"The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. I say this with full responsibility." www.rbth.com/international/2014/10/16/mikhail_gorbachev_i_am_against_all_walls_40673.html. Furthermore, the claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. In any case, no such promise was made www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm.

Further debunking at DFRLab medium.com/dfrlab/balticbrief-russia-claims-secret-nato-deployment-e6c0e649ccfb.

The West is now engaging in a psychological attack by trying to portray Russia as a "predator"

The West is now engaging in a psychological attack by trying to portray Russia as a “predator”. They are trying to convince their own populations that Moscow is a danger, and also convince Russian people that their country is isolated, and some here have already started to believe this propaganda.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin misleading narrative about the West as Russophobic https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77113&date=

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.

No court case in Russia for "liking" on social media

[Context: Russia’s legislation on extremism] Not a single court case has been instituted in Russia for “liking” on social media, said Alexander Kurennoy, the official representative of the Prosecutor General.

Disproof

In fact, Russia's investigative committee opened a criminal case under the article on extremism against a doctor from Khabarovsk, who “liked” a picture condemning the participation of Russians in the war in eastern Ukraine. The man claimed to have liked the image by accident. Further debunk by The Insider.