Disinfo: EU is helpless against the coronavirus

Summary

The European Union appeared to be effective as a mechanism of sanctions against Russia, but it turned out to be completely helpless as organisation, which cannot help its members.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the European Union.

The European Union is supporting the Member States in addressing the crisis, and mitigating the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector.

To support scientific research into the COVID-19, the European Commission earmarked 47,5 million EUR for shortlisted research projects that can improve epidemiology and public health, including preparedness and response to outbreaks.

The EU has also created first ever stockpile of medical equipment. 

Read more about the EU's response here and here. 

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  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU

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Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the coronavirus and NATO.

The disinformation message suggest that defense spending of NATO allies comes directly at the expense of public health.

Controlled by the US, EU didn’t react when Poland refused aid to Italy to cross its airspace

Poland did not let Russian aircraft carrying aid to Italy pass through its airspace. This is meanness at the highest level of the state. Moreover, the help was for an ally of Poland in the EU and NATO. From now on, Russia should not meet Poland half-way, on any issue.

After this disgustful act of Warsaw, Brussels didn’t react because Washington controls the Russophobic foreign policy of the EU and the fact that Italians can perish cannot allow any exception to this position.

Disproof

A recurring narrative that Poland acts in a vulgar and ignoble way against Russia and that the EU is a puppet of the United States. Nothing proves that such a decision was made by Poland except the speculations of a Russian politician.

The Polish minister of defence stated that no demand to enter the Polish airspace was made from the Russian side. The spokesperson for the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency, Pawel Lukaszewicz also said that his agency had not received any flight plan from Russia and pretending Poland refuses access to its airspace is a lie. Furthermore, the Russian minister of defence itself doesn't support the allegations that Poland would have denied access to its planes and the original tweet of the Russian politician who started this emotional story against Poland was removed.

Coronavirus was invented by the Rockefellers and the Rome club

Oddly enough, the routes of the new coronavirus were publicly disclosed in the 2010 article by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Global Business Network titled, Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development. The goals of the Rockefeller Foundation include tax optimisation for the Rockefeller clan, birth control, reduction of the global population to one billion people, and de-industrialisation. These tasks were defined by the Rome club, established in 1968 with the aim of establishing a global government. One of scenarios in the mentioned articles entitled Lock Step describes a global pandemic started out of a mutation passed from wild geese and mostly targeting young people. A risky scenario is poised to lead the world to the slavery system governed by a small group of people. Once signs of the upcoming global financial crisis showed late in 2019, they could not wait and began operation Lock Step, or Covid-19.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory concerning the coronavirus outbreak, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling the global development. The elaboration of an emergency scenarios does not imply mastering them.

See similar pro-Kremlin conspiracy cases, alleging that the coronavirus originated in a laboratory sponsored by George Soros, that the decision to go ahead with the coronavirus pandemic was taken at the Davos Forum by the Rothschilds and the Gates, that the coronavirus is a pretext for the Global Elites’ ambitions to reduce world population, and the conspiracy master David Rockefeller created the “Global Warming” hoax.