Disinfo: EU groundlessly accuses Russia of interference in Western elections while pursuing anti-Russian containment policy


[In a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament] Among the set of standard accusations against the Kremlin there were unproven reports of "Russian interference in the Western elections", meanwhile there were calls to support the "pro-democratic society" in Russia and directly interfere in Russia’s elections.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda to contain Russia. Consistent with the recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying any Russian responsibility in interfering in the elections of other countries, despite massive evidence to the contrary.

Russian interference in the US 2020 election has been established beyond doubt not only by US intelligence but also by law enforcement officials, journalists and researchers. Multiple attempts to influence the public discourse to favour one candidate over the other were uncovered throughout 2019 and 2020, though their ultimate success is disputed.

Regarding the 2016 US election, Russian interference was reported by US intelligence in 2017 and confirmed in 2019 at the end of a Special Counsel Investigation.

Russia also has a track record of meddling in democratic processes, including elections, of other Western countries. Independent research, media investigations and parliamentary inquiries have uncovered evidence linking Russian state actors with interference in various electoral processes, including the 2016 Brexit vote, the 2017 French Presidential elections, the 2017 German Parliamentary elections, the 2016 constitutional referendum in Italy and the Dutch referendum on the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine. Electoral interference by Russia has been extensively documented in numerous countries around the world.

As concerns the EU's policy towards Russia, it has imposed restrictive measures since 2014, including sectoral sanctions, as a result of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's destabilising actions in eastern Ukraine. Formats such as regular high-level dialogues remain suspended in the absence of the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia. These events have seriously affected bilateral relations.

The EU has also strongly condemned the assassination attempt using chemical weapons on Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny in 2020 and sanctioned 6 individuals and 1 entity as a result. There is unequivocal evidence that Navalny was poisoned using a Novichok-type nerve agent.

On the other hand, Russia remains a natural partner for the EU and a strategic player combating the regional and global challenges. The EU’s approach to Russia is guided by five principles agreed in 2016 and reaffirmed, most recently, by EU Foreign Ministers in October 2020. Read more about the EU-Russia relations here.


  • Reported in: Issue 245
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia, election meddling, West, Sanctions
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