Eastern Partnership is an aggressive Russophobic project directed against Russia

Summary

The Eastern Partnership project, which involves cooperation with six states: Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, celebrated its tenth anniversary.  This is a Russophobic organisation that was created for provocations against Russia.

Europe is trying to get an opportunity to exploit the industrial and economic base of the post-Soviet states under the guise of building mutually beneficial and good-neighbourly relations. Thus, the Europeans actually turn these states into their colonies.

Also, the Eastern Partnership is an aggressive project that led to civil war in the Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the Eastern Partnership being an anti-Russian initiative and how the EU is ruining Ukraine.

The essence of the Eastern Partnership is the financial assistance of the EU to those countries that have expressed a desire to carry out economic and political reforms.  The consequence of reforms in these states is the signing of the Association Agreement with the EU, the creation of a free trade zone, the liberalisation of the visa regime with the EU and the development of the energy sector.  The principle of the Eastern Partnership is that each state independently determines for itself the depth of cooperation with the EU.  Also in the European Union, it has been repeatedly stated that the Eastern Partnership is not a geopolitical project, but a democratic, economic, educational platform for the participating countries. There is no talk about the development of "Russophobia" in the partner countries.

Countries that have joined the Eastern Partnership can trade with other countries, including Russia. Armenia and Belarus continue to successfully trade with Russia and even belong to the Russian Eurasian Economic Union.

The concept of "civil war" in Ukraine is a classic narrative of Russian propaganda, and the Eastern Partnership has nothing to do with the invasion by Russian troops into Ukraine. Ukraine has repeatedly provided evidence of Russia's participation in the war in the east of the country.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 150
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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Disproof

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Disproof

No evidence given.

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Disproof

This is another attempt to deny Russia's attempts at interference in elections and referenda.

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