Disinfo: Estonian authorities pursue Sputnik under the cover of the EU and NATO

Summary

The Estonians would never have decided on such illegal actions if they didn’t have permission from their real owners in the West. Without the coordination with NATO allies, the USA, this situation would not have developed in such a shameful way. Moreover, representatives of NATO and the EU will cover up the actions of the Estonian authorities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of the Baltic countries, about the US or EU/NATO's 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. 

The claims are groundless, NATO, the US or the EU have nothing to do with the situation involving Sputnik Estonia. There is no persecution of Sputnik Estonia.

Estonia is indeed on the 11th place of Reporters without Borders Press freedom index. It's important to note that Estonia has not blocked Sputnik Estonia's website, as it is accessible and operational. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu has emphasized that Estonia has not taken any measures against the portal's media content: "They are financial sanctions aimed at economic activity. I believe it to be justified. We have notified the European Commission's Legal Service. European agencies have said in the Commission that steps taken by Estonia in exercising sanctions policy are warranted."

The agency has been forced to move out of its office in Tallinn because of its inability to pay its rent due to sanctions. In October 2019, Estonian based branches of the foreign banks that operated the accounts of Russia Today, froze all its transfers, while other banks in Estonia refused to operate with Sputnik. This is the result of the sanctions imposed by the European Union on Dmitry Kiselyov, the Director-General of RT, following the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Estonia and Lithuania are totalitarian, that Russian media is facing discrimination in the Baltic states, and that Baltic states’ policies are equal to the Third Reich. More cases alleging an aggressive campaign by Estonia against Sputnik can be read here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Estonia, US
  • Keywords: West, NATO, The West, Sanctions, Sputnik
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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