Disinfo: EU and NATO countries are hostile towards Russia because they fail at showcasing unity

Summary

Unfortunately, a wave of hostility has emerged [against Russia], but we prefer not to draw attention to it. We believe that this situation is caused by the failure of the Western countries, that is, the European Union and the NATO, to showcase a spirit of unity within their bloc.

Disproof

A recurrent narrative, consistent with suggestion that “Russophobia” is a driving force behind European policies. More on Russophobia here.

The COVID-19 outbreak constituted a serious challenge to Europe's readiness for a crisis. But the claim that "EU has failed in showing unity" is false.

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

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

Individual EU members have also provided assistance to Italy specifically, including access to a hundred intensive care beds (Austria and Germany), 500 mobile medical units (Greece), 2.5 million masks (Austria and France), 30,000 protective suits (Czechia and France), 300 ventilators (Germany), as well as 50 medical personnel (Poland, Romania, and non-member Norway).

On the 26th of April Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said that a recovery fund to help EU countries weather the coronavirus’ economic impact should be worth €1.5 trillion and be available by mid-September.

Read similar cases claiming that Italy is alone defending itself from coronavirus, without any help from hypocritical EU and that the EU left Italy face to face with an invisible and terrible enemy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU disintegration, NATO

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Belarus’s historical horizon is painted in orange. Today a Ukrainian scenario for Belarus is more real than ever. David Cramer’s appearance on the Belarusian direction is a sign of it. This person organised an orange revolution in Ukraine. It seems that Belarus is chosen as the new goal for American political actions aimed at the destruction of the Russian World.

If Belarus goes out of the Russian World, it would follow the path of destruction of its authenticity and will lose the values of its history and culture. It will exist as a limitrophe with a declining population and probably within the reduced territory. Alternatively, if Belarus completely returns to the Russian World it will preserve its cultural uniqueness and get a chance for sustainable development.

Russia does not have a moral right to leave Belarus face-to-face with its main geopolitical adversary. Each and any Western government and NGO should realise that their destructive activities against Belarus constitute  aggression also against Russia. Russia should defend any piece of the Russian World. The West should realise that one small Belarusian town is much more important for Russian society than a dozen European capitals. Any invasion into the Russian World, be it overt or covert, will have catastrophic consequences for the aggressor.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory consistent with recurring disinformation narratives about the all-Russian nation and Russian world/civilisation, Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations.

The article puts forward a false dilemma about the direction of Belarus' political development (union with Russia vs. an unavoidable degradation). This false dilemma was repeatedly promoted in earlier disinformation cases herehere, and here.

Ukrainian General Staff intends to drive migrant workers to Donbas until they return back to Europe

Ukrainian General Staff intends to drive migrant workers to Donbas until they return back to Europe. The General Staff of “the Kyiv regime” plans to call up and mobilise reserve soldiers in a special period for up to six months. These mobilisation measures are due to the return of the so-called “zarobitchans” (ed: Ukrainians working abroad) from the EU countries to Ukraine. Conducting mobilisation activities is planned in the nearest future before more than 100,000 “zarobitchans” leave the country again in order to feed their families.

Disproof

Disinformation with no evidence given. This appears to be an attempt to scare Ukrainians and does not correspond with reality. Yes, Ukraine's migrant workers have returned home due to the coronavirus epidemic. However, the inference they will be sent to eastern Ukraine is just fiction.

Regarding the military, reserve soldiers in Ukraine are involved in training sessions every year, at a time convenient for them and their employers, during active practical training activities (training, coaching, combat shooting) of their units. The total duration of training is up to 30 days a year. This period can be extended to 3 months, but not to 6 months.

USSR never imposed its order on Poland

Last January, the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution in which it held the responsibility for launching World War II against Germany and the Soviet Union together on an equal footing. The Soviet forces liberating Poland in 1944-1945 were described as occupying forces. But there are many historical documents proving that the USSR has not imposed its own order in Poland, but also helped revive this country based on its culture and traditions.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin historical revisionist narrative trying to absolve the USSR of any responsibility in the instigation of WWII by denying its occupation of Poland. It is part of the ongoing disinformation attack on Poland.

Poland was invaded by both Nazi and Soviet forces at the onset of WWII. The invasion was coordinated on the basis of the the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which was accompanied by a secret supplementary protocol on the delimitation of areas of mutual interest in Eastern Europe. A separate provision of the protocol entitled the Nazi Germany and the USSR to jointly conduct a "territorial-political reorganisation" of Poland, and to determine "whether it is in the (signatories') mutual interest to preserve the independent Polish State."