Disinfo: EU abandoned Italy, while Russia helped

Summary

While the European Union abandoned Italy, only Russia and China gave the country a helping hand.

Disproof

Recurring Pro-Kremlin narrative that the EU left Italy alone to fight coronavirus.

The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, as well as to help Italy provide the necessary medical treatment to those infected.

On March 18, the European Union also received a Chinese aid package, including masks and 50,000 testing kits that were fully allocated to Italy, as Rome faces the most urgent needs among member states in the coronavirus crisis.

On March 13, the European Union proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging EUR 835 million for Italy. On March 26, the European Parliament unanimously approved the initiative.

The European Central Bank announced a 750 billion euro ($820 billion) asset purchase program in an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll in Europe continues to rise. As part of the program, investors will purchase Italian securities to help the country counter the serious risks of the coronavirus.

Since the hospitals are overcrowded in Italy, Germany has started to accept coronavirus patients from this harder-hit country. Additionally, Germany and France sent a total of 2 million face masks to the Italian government.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: EU, Italy, China, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU disintegration
  • Outlet: Obieqtivi, News Front Georgia, Georgia and World, Sputnik Georgia, Sputnik Ossetia
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Disproof

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