Disinfo: EU demonises Russia, attributing all its problems to it

Summary

[…] There is such a profession in the European Union – to demonise Russia, blaming it for any of the European problems. The EU has enough problems of its own creation, especially after a weak first response in the fight against coronavirus. How could they avoid spinning the Russian topic?

Disproof

This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged Russphobia.

See previous disinformation claims alleging that EU claims about a Russian coronavirus disinformation campaign are Russophobia, that Russia is groundlessly accused in spreading disinformation about coronavirus and attacked by the West.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 192
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru, Rossiyskaya gazeta
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This Canadian report indicts the US with spreading Coronavirus

The United States may inadvertently stand behind the emergence of the COVID-19 virus in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

A report published by Canada’s GlobalResearch.ca made clear that last summer, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention ordered the closure of a major military biological laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland, in anticipation of possible leaks.

Five of the Americans participating in the Military World Games competitions hosted by Wuhan last October were infected with an undefined infection.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. There is no evidence to suggest that the virus is being used as a weapon against other states or that is has been fabricated inside laboratories. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The coronavirus comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. The expert scientific consensus holds that the coronavirus has natural origins; there is no credible evidence supporting claims of laboratory engineering.

COVID-19 epidemic is fake, it is manufactured by media

We do not have a coronavirus epidemic. It does not exist anywhere in the world. This is a fake produced by WHO the fourth time in the last 20 years. The first fake epidemic was with SARS, which was also caused by the coronavirus. The second fake pandemic was bird flu. The third fake pandemic was swine flu. Now we are dealing with the fourth fake pandemic, which has no justification from a medical point of view. This is a media epidemic.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the COVID-19 outbreak. It also aims to discredit actions taken by the WHO and individual countries to stop the spread of the new disease.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March, acknowledging that the virus had become a global phenomenon. Before that date, the situation was being described as an epidemic, illustrating that the virus had already spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. As of 14 April, the total number of COVID-19 cases had passed 1.7 million.

EU is only helping Ukraine to fight coronavirus with words

Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls up Merkel, discusses the Donbas and the fight against the virus, and asks for help. However, he realises that they can only help Ukraine with words. But perhaps it’s important for him to show that Europe is still with Ukraine.

Disproof

The recurring Kremlin disinformation narrative about 'abandoned' Ukraine, disintegration of the European Union.

The EU is continuing to support Ukraine even in the face of the global crisis caused by the pandemic. The first support package for Ukraine for the pandemic is approximately €80 million to support the health system. The EU will help address social issues: help older people, online education, child care and providing credit support to small and medium-sized businesses.