Disinfo: EU has become an American subordinate

Summary

The extension of European sanctions (on Syria) is not new and was expected, as Europe has become one of the US attachments with its decisions and paths it takes. In light of the (Coronavirus) epidemic, it was expected from the EU to have a different position (on the sanctions). The European Union unlimitedly supports “terrorist groups” in Syria.

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Recurring pro-Kremlindisinformation narrative portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to change the nature ofsanctions implemented onSyria. The US is an important ally to the EU but the later policy is not determined by the US, as explained by theEU High Representative. On 27 May 2013, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions in which it condemned the violence and the continued widespread andsystematic gross violations of human rights in Syria, which resulted into more restrictive measures against Syriaon 31 May 2013, while the latest sanctions were adopted in May 2020. EU sanctions on Syria are targeted at individuals and entities who ordered or carried out attacks and torture against their own people, made or used chemical weapons, built their personal fortune thanks to the war. EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets these people and these activities, avoiding any negative impact on the population. There is no economic war on Syria or the Syrian people. See here a European External Action Service explanatory video on Syrian sanctions. EU sanctions are not impeding Syria’s medical response to Covid-19. They do not concern medicines, medical equipment or medical assistance provided to the population at large, and they do not prohibit the export to Syria of respirators, disinfectants, hand sanitizers or detergents used to respond to Covid-19. The European Commission published a guidance note on EU sanctions in Syria clarifying once again how Coronavirus-related humanitarian aid can be sent to Syria. The note explains that EU sanctions do not concern medicines, medical equipment or medical assistance provided to the population at large, and they do not prohibit the export to Syria of respirators, disinfectants, hand sanitizers or detergents used to respond to Covid-19. EU sanctions have been imposed since 9 May 2011 to respond to the repression perpetrated on the Syrian people the Syrian regime and its supporters. Furthermore, this narrative targets the humanitarian organisation, White Helmets, that has been portrayed as a Western-backed terrorist proxy group, with no evidence to support this unfounded theory, in order to obfuscate the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war. Similar disinformation narratives claim thatEU and NATO member states are subordinate to the US, while the US has long regarded the EU as a kind of protectorate, and that lined up with the US, the EU never took independent decisions.

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Illegal EU sanctions hinder Syria's ability to fight COVID19

The European Union lost the independence of its decisions and is relying on American policies in a humiliating way.

The EU bears primary responsibility for the suffering of the Syrian people as a result of unjust sanctions that affect them directly impeding efforts to provide the means, capabilities and medical infrastructure necessary to face the coronavirus pandemic.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to change the nature of sanctions implemented on Syria.

EU sanctions on Syria are targeted at individuals and entities who ordered or carried out attacks and torture against their own people, made or used chemical weapons, built their personal fortune thanks to the war. EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets these people and these activities, avoiding any negative impact on the population. There is no economic war on Syria or the Syrian people.

EU supporting terrorism against the Syrian state

The European Union, since 2011, has been supporting terrorist groups against the Syrian state, providing them with arms, money, and training, and facilitating their entry into Syria.

EU politics has always been subordinate to American policy.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message aimed at undermining the image of the EU and portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA.

The US is an important ally to the EU but the later's policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative.

The West relied on the Malthusian theory during coronavirus

They (the United States, Britain, European and Scandinavian countries) relied on the Malthusian theory to solve economic crises (during the coronavirus pandemic), that is, by killing more unproductive citizens, the elderly, or sick people, believing that they mitigate later losses in spending on their health and social care.

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A baseless claim that Europe is plotting a Malthusian conspiracy to reduce the global population by exploiting the coronavirus to sacrifice its elderly for economic reasons. This is a recurring disinformation narrative about the US and EU being purely interested in profit rather than protecting people from diseases. See here a similar case claiming that both EU and US put the profit before health. In fact, since the start of the crisis, new protective measures have been implemented in both the EU and US, as well as other countries worldwide, that are designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus in order to protect people at especially high risk and assure the provision of medical care and therapeutic products to the public. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. EU countries are showing solidarity with the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic by helping to treat the patients and protect health workers. Critically ill patients from Italy and France are treated in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg; millions of medical masks and other protective equipment have been sent to Italy. Read more about European solidarity in action and see the timeline and the EU’s response to COVID-19 See similar cases claiming that Sweden is sacrificing its elderly, that the US thinks it is stupid to treat the elderly, and that Western market economies leave the old and uninsured, or that Bill Gates and Co aspire to a reduction in population, or Covid-19 will allow total control of the population through forced vaccination and chips.