Estonia is a tool in the hands of the EU and US

Summary

Estonia is a tool in the hands of the EU and US. Because of the geographical location, they used Estonia and other Baltic states for pressuring Moscow through NATO expansion. There is no reason to mention equality in the relations between Tallinn and Brussels or Washington.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US or EU hegemony over other countries, lost sovereignty and external control of the Baltic states.

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are sovereign countries, who determine their own domestic and foreign policies, including membership in military and other alliances. 

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that The US does not care about the Baltic states and wants Russia to buy them, Latvia not having sovereignity.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Estonian
  • Country: Estonia
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Sovereignty, Baltic states
  • Outlet: Sputnik Eesti
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The Red Army didn’t want to bomb citizens of Tallinn, it just missed it’s mark

Nowadays it’s common to say that the Red Army bombed Tallinn. But actually they bombed the harbour where the enemy was and it’s really close to the city. It has nothing to do with willful destroying, killing the citizens of the city.

Disproof

On March 9, 1944, the Soviet Air Forces dropped 3,068 bombs on Tallinn. The bomb raid included 300 Soviet planes that dropped explosive as well as incendiary bombs, did heavy damage to the city center and completely destroyed much of the city’s suburbs, which were mainly built of wood. As saboteurs had blown up the fire brigades’ pumping stations, fighting the fires proved near to impossible. 757 people were killed immediately, 659 injured. More than 20,000 lost their homes. The damage to military installations or factories crucial to the German war effort was minimal.

The chemical attack on Khan Shaykhun was staged by the White Helmets

It was here [a clip shows a bunker that was used by the opponents of the Syrian regime] where the White Helmets were shooting the fake video of the Syrian army allegedly using chemical weapons against civilians.

We are talking about the provocation with a fake chlorine attack on Khan Shaykhun. Then the White Helmets published a video, after which the Americans fired rockets at the Syrian airbase.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives aiming to discredit the White Helmets and claiming that the Khan Shaykhun chemical attack was staged by Western actors in order to justify military action against the Assad regime.

The OPCW’s Fact Finding Mission confirmed that people in Khan Shaykhun were exposed to sarin, a chemical weapon, on 4 April 2017.

The purpose of removing the monument to Marshall Konev is to induce hatred towards Russia

The destruction of war memorials and graves violates the 1993 treaty between Russia and the Czech Republic. It is especially shameful such things to occur on the basis of a political whim that has nothing whatsoever to do with the past. The aim of the situation with the statue of Marshall Konev is to induce hatred against Russia as part of a war psychosis aimed at provoking aggression against Russia.

Disproof

This is a false claim and one of several disinformation cases about the statue of Marshall Konev in Prague. It is also consistent with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and the supposedly hostile anti-Russian intentions of the West, based on which Russia can cast itself as the victim.

The monument to Marshall Konev was erected in 1980 during the "normalisation" period in communist Czechoslovakia. The leadership of Prague's Municipal District 6, which retains legal ownership of the statue, has voted to move the monument to a museum and replace it with a memorial commemorating Soviet sacrifices in the fight against Hitler in general, and the liberation of Prague in particular. More information available here.