Disinfo: EU is not considering Russian interests, is Russophobe

Summary

Russia will not forget the European Union’s hostile attitude, imposing unfair sanctions in response to the special operation to demilitarize Ukraine. The EU should renounce the policy of diktat and start considering Russia’s legitimate interests, in order to normalise relations.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets accusing the European Union and the West of Russophobia.

In reality, the EU does not harbour animosity towards Russia. It aims to establish equal and good-neighbourly relations with Moscow. Western nations have always been calling for solving all problems with Russia in a peaceful and diplomatic manner. Moscow’s overall aggressive policy has led to a tougher and better-balanced policy towards it by the West.

International sanctions were slapped on Russia after it illegally annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and instigated a separatist revolt in the Eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in 2014. Another set of restrictive measures was imposed on Moscow in the wake of its the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny. Stronger sanctions were levelled at Russia after its unjustified military aggression against Ukraine which started on 24 February 2022. The invasion was followed by airstrikes on military objects. Russian troops later started bombing and shelling civilian targets as well.

Read more disinformation cases alleging that the West is carrying out a policy of Russophobia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 278
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Anti-Russian, Sanctions, War in Ukraine
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Disinfo: The Anglo-Saxons turn Ukraine into a new Afghanistan in order to weaken Europe

The Anglo-Saxons do not want a strong Europe – they want to keep it weak and subordinate. For this goal, they use different tools. For example, George W. Bush spoke of the “new Europe”, which was supposed to undermine the plans of Berlin and Paris. Ukraine is another instrument for the destruction of the EU.

In 2014, the Heads of MFA of France, Germany and Poland were supposed to guarantee a peaceful transformation in Kyiv, but on the next day, the USA supported the anti-Constitutional coup. Later, Germany and France became guarantors of the Minsk agreements, but the Anglo-Saxons flooded Ukraine with weapons. They do not hide that they want to create a new Afghanistan in Europe. The Afghanisation of Ukraine is realised not only against Russia but above all, against Europe.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukraine’s statehood and trying to blame the West for the Russian invasion of Ukraine by painting Ukraine as a puppet of the West.

Ukraine is a sovereign state with a democratically elected government and its own foreign and security policy. The country is not controlled by the US, EU or any other foreign organisation or government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the world but have been violated by Russia since 2014. Western countries are only supporting lethal military aid and financial aid to Ukraine for the country’s efficient self-defence against the unprovoked Russian invasion.

Disinfo: Russia was subjected to illegal sanctions

Since the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, Russian citizens and companies were subjected to disproportional mass sanctions in Europe, not taking into account any "international legal norms".

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the EU levying sanctions on Russia illegally. The article also uses the Kremlin's phrase for Russia's war on Ukraine, which is incorrect: this is not a special military operation but unjustified aggression against a sovereign state.

EU sanctions are legitimate restrictions imposed in accordance with international and European law as a response to violations of international legalities, such as Russia’s actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine. The EU established the sanctions regime under its own laws, specifically Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, "concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine."

Disinfo: Imperialist Poland wants to annex Western Ukraine

The territory of Ukraine looks like a very tasty bite for Warsaw. The Polish television shows the map of the partition of this unfortunate country, where a number of western regions are incorporated into Poland. It is clear that this incorporation cannot be implemented in a legal way without strong condemnation from Ukraine and other European neighbours. Warsaw has a long-proven method to justify its inappropriate actions – it masterfully uses anti-Russian rhetoric, turning it into hysteria. For centuries, the Polish elite blamed Russia for all possible problems. The Russian-Polish relations have been poisoned for a long time by the imperial longing of a part of the Polish elites.

Disproof

Recurring narrative presenting Poland as an aggressive, Russophobic state with imperial ambitions.

The claim that Poland wants to annex Western Ukraine is ungrounded. Poland fully supports the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine, it does not have any territorial claims against its neighbours and it rejects any “imperial” ambitions towards other countries. Read more about the Eastern policy of Poland here.