Disinfo: The EU announced its submissiveness to Joe Biden's new US government

Summary

The EU announced its submissiveness to the new US government. The European Union and NATO have already drawn the guidelines of how they want their new relationship with the US to be in face of a possible inauguration of Joe Biden as president.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the European Union as a vassal of the US. The claim that the EU announced its submission to a future Biden Administration is false. Contrary to these allegations, the European Union is a sovereign entity created by the voluntary initiative of European nations and it has its own, independent foreign policy, while the US has no say in its decisions.

You can see other examples of disinformation on this topic, such as allegations that the EU is dependent on US foreign policy and it is imposing sanctions on Russia only due to Washington’s pressure, that the US considers the EU a kind of protectorate and US troops in Europe are an occupying army which needs NATO to keep the Europeans under control, that the EU is trying to escape from US control and occupation, and that this is the reason why it needs its own army.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, US presence in Europe, Joe Biden, Europe
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Disproof

Several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, the war in Ukraine, and the ineffectiveness of sanctions against Russia.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea willingly joining Russia and portraying the war in Donbas as an internal armed conflict.

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Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about alleged anti-Russian bias in the West and plots against Russia’s greatness.

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