Disinfo: Eastern Partnership aimed at weakening Russia's geopolitical influence

Summary

Despite the outwardly “reassuring” mood of European diplomats, the Eastern Partnership program, according to many experts, was from the very beginning aimed at weakening Russia’s geopolitical influence in Eastern Europe as well as at creating alternative energy supply routes for Europe.

Disproof

The Eastern Partnership programme is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation. Similar cases are available here and here. The Eastern Partnership programme is not directed against any country, including Russia. It is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union, its member states and six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Within this framework, guiding the EU's relations with its neighbours is the EU’s Global Strategy and the European Neighbourhood Policy, which calls for the need to focus on increasing the stabilisation and resilience of the EU's Eastern neighbours. See here for more information about EaP's objectives and a joint commitment to deliver tangible results for citizens across the region. Read more about the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/07/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian, Armenian
  • Country: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership
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The US is a dictatorship

The American Government is not responsive to what the public wants; it is responsive only to what the politically involved super-rich — the people who mainly fund politics — want. And those billionaires also control, or even own, all of the major ’news’ media, and so their propaganda filters-out such realities as that the country is a dictatorship, no democracy at all.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. Claiming the media and government is under total control by shadowy rulers is a common trope in pro-Kremlin disinformation.

Anti-Russian protests in Georgia provoked by the George Soros' Open Society Foundation

The foundation of the well-known philanthropist George Soros Open Society is to blame for the anti-Russian protests in Georgia. On 20 June, the organisation openly called on Georgians to protest. After that, provocations against Russia began in Tbilisi.

Disproof

This is another conspiracy theory followed by the Russian media. Western non-governmental organisations are often targeted by pro-Kremlin disinformation. Propaganda often accuses George Soros of organising anti-Russian protests because of his support for democracy and human rights in dozens of countries around the world. Protests in Georgia began on the night of 21 June; discontent in Georgia was provoked by the visit of a Russian delegation to Tbilisi to participate in the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy. Following this, indignant civilian activists who accused Russia of occupying Georgian territories gathered outside the Georgian parliament. The Soros Open Society Foundation has nothing to do with the protests in Tbilisi.

Ukraine is under external control

During the last five years, Ukraine has been under external control.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring Kremlin narrative about Ukraine, which they claim is under external control from the US or EU. Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU. You can find several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control here.