Disinfo: American and German Russophobes are waging an information war against…

Summary

American and German Russophobes are waging an information war against Russia and president Putin (e.g. BBC’s documentary “Putin’s Secret Riches”). // Alexey Navalny and other members of Putin’s opposition are representatives of Russia’s “fifth column” because they meet Western leaders – the organisors of coloured revolutions.

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Media freedom and pluralism is guaranteed in member states of the EU. // Alexey Navalny andother members of Putin's opposition do not aim to undermine the Russian nation. // The West did not organise the coloured revolutions. They were born out of peoples' desire for democracy and freedom.

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  • Reported in: Issue 22
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2016
  • Country: Russia, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, BBC, Colour revolutions, Russophobia, Information war, Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski…

The head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski has admitted the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine is futile: the Free Trade Zone is a complete failure because impoverished Ukrainians don’t buy European goods and domestic companies are not ready to enter the European market.

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Ukraina.ru completely misquoted Tombinski who never called the Free Trade Zone a failure. What Tombinski actually said is: "Today we can say that the free trade zone, the open market with the EU is not being used as we wanted and expected it to be used. And all because of the many structural weaknesses of the Ukrainian economy." He explained that the zone is encountering obstacles. He is however optimistic and points out that Europe is ready to help identify those Ukrainian businesses, who can export their goods to the EU. “Nothing will be given just like that; the European market is very competitive. Use the support, including the material support, that Ukraine receives ” Tombinski advised (bit.ly/222utuq), .

The European Union has denied Ukraine’s EU membership

The European Union has denied Ukraine’s EU membership.

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Dni.ru’s source for this claim is an interview the Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte (who is not an EU representative) gave the Dutch publication NU.nl. According to the PM "the Netherlands is against [Ukraine's EU] membership, because we believe that Ukraine should have good relations with Europe and with Russia. This is not possible if Ukraine is in the European Union". Ukraine has not filed an application for EU membership, and plans to do so only after 2020 (bit.ly/1UBBZ0n), .