Disinfo: EU is subordinate to Washington

Summary

The [European] Union is a vassal and a subordinate of Washington.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, accusing the EU of being subordinate to the US and serving Washington’s interests instead of its own.

The European Union is actually a sovereign entity which follows its own foreign policy.

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

Similar disinformation narratives claim that EU 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.

The same article contained another claim that the EU supports terrorists and not the sovereignty of Syria.

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: EU, European Union, US presence in Europe

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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EU supports terrorists and not the sovereignty of Syria 

The European Union supports terrorist groups… this is contrary to all the protocols signed between countries and the United Nations Charter.

Europe has not taken any steps towards preserving the unity and sovereignty of Syria.

Disproof

No evidence is given to support this unfounded theory, which can also be considered as a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Syria and the nature of EU sanctions implemented on this country.

On 27 May 2013, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions in which it condemned the violence and the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights in Syria, which resulted into more restrictive measures against Syria on 31 May 2013, while the sanctions that were imposed on 9 May 2011 were extended in May 2020.

Crimea regained its Russian status in 2014

Crimea was part of Russia until the beginning of the fifties of the twentieth century, when the Soviet authority decided to transfer Crimea to the Ukrainian Soviet Republic. Crimea regained its status as a Russian region in 2014 at the will of its residents.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimea has never really belonged to Ukraine.

The transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee. The members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.”

After Karabakh, Turkey will take over Crimea

The military-political alliance between Ukraine and Turkey will result in disastrous consequences, since in the event of a victory in Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkey will expand its geopolitical interests (meaning Crimea).

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the recent escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh, which is a continuation of the decades-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Pro-Kremlin media often attempt to involve Ukraine in the conflict in the Caucasus region by promoting contradictory claims that Kyiv will transport weapons to Azerbaijan or that Kyiv prepares militants to fight in Armenia.

There is no evidence that Ukraine is involved in any manner in the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Nor there is any evidence that Turkey has territorial claims for Crimea.