Disinfo: EU has been consistently and deliberately breaking relations with Russia

Summary

The gap between the Russian Federation and the EU has been going on for many years, and the EU has been consistently breaking relations. And although Moscow and Brussels are discussing some issues, this is not part of the relations between the Russian Federation and the EU. The framework of these relations was deliberately destroyed at the initiative of Brussels. Moscow is ready to establish a dialogue with the EU, but Brussels itself is not going to do this.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU, an attempt to put the responsibility for EU-Russian relations on Brussels, alleging that the EU is destroying them.

The EU has imposed restrictive measures, 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. As a result, some of the policy dialogues and mechanisms of cooperation are temporarily frozen, and sanctions directed at promoting a change in Russia's actions in Ukraine have been adopted.

The EU has strongly condemned the assassination attempt of Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny and sanctioned 6 individuals and 1 entity involved in the assassination attempt using chemical weapons. There is unequivocal evidence that Navalny was poisoned using a Novichok-type nerve agent. To obfuscate responsibility for the poisoning, the pro-Kremlin media has drawn numerous parallels between Navalny and Skripal poisonings.

However, 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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 232
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Skripal, Diplomacy with Russia, Anti-Russian, Alexei Navalny, Crimea, Sanctions, War in Ukraine
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Navalny is a NATO agent, provoking a colour revolution in Russia

What makes Navalny so dangerous isn’t that he’s a “pro-Western liberal, anti-migrant nationalist, or political opportunist” like RT described him, but that he’s attempting to mislead dissatisfied people — and increasingly even children — into breaking the law by exploiting their frustrations with the state of affairs. The content of his political platform isn’t as bad as the means through which he’s seeking to implement it. This NATO agent is manipulating people for the purpose of provoking a Colour Revolution, hoping that the authorities’ legally justified but sometimes forceful response to his illegal protests can be decontextualized, misreported, and then weaponized to incite a self-sustaining cycle of unrest.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny and popular protests as staged operations by foreign powers. Similar claims can be found here on Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong and, now, Russia.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation often targets Russian opposition figures accusing them of being agents of Western intelligence services. There is no basis to claims that Navalny has connections with foreign intelligence. He has been charged with mock accusations on embezzlement in trials. The European Court of Human Rights have concluded that the trial were politically motivated. The European Union has condemned the detention of Alexei Navalny and called for his immediate release.

In Europe, the state has the right to attack families

Europe and the West has embarked on the path of the brutal concept of Children’s Rights, and the state has received the right to intrude in family matters. This is very strange from the background of the liberal concept of freedom.

People say that the Soviet Union was a bad totalitarian state. But in the USSR families were never attacked as now in Europe or America under the pretext of children’s rights. To whom are those children handed over? In what families to they end up? What if they are given to paedophiles or other perverts.

Disproof

An unfounded claim, consistent with a trope, suggesting that European governments have the rights to "steal children" from their families, and, potentially, handing them over to "perverts". Similar stories can be found here and here.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child obliges national authorities to protect children from violence. This convention is signed and ratified by Russia and all EU Member States.

The Western Navalny project to destabilise Russia has failed

Today, we can actually speak of the complete failure of the Navalny project, orchestrated by the West, to destabilise Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Alexei Navalny. The claim that Navalny is somehow used by the West and foreign special services for the political destabilisation of Russia is disinformation.

Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin. His candidacy in the 2018 presidential election was banned by authorities over his conviction by a Russian court for embezzlement, which bars him from running for office. He has been arrested and imprisoned several times during his political career.