Disinfo: EU sanctions are asphyxiating the Syrian people

Summary

The European Union is supporting the intensification of the blockade and sanctions against Syria, aiming to asphyxiate a subdued nation through the execution of the so-called Caesar Act. The EU extends year after year since 2012 the freezing of Syrian bank accounts and agreed loans, and the cancellation of any commercial agreement, even those referred to health and technological supplies. All this contributes to a serious lack of liquidity in foreign currencies for Syria, hurting the lifestyle of the population, the services for infrastructures and especially the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions.

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 have been imposed since 9 May 2011 to respond  to  the repression  perpetrated  on  the  Syrian  people   the  Syrian  regime  and its supporters.

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.

See related examples of disinformation messages claiming that US sanctions contribute to coronavirus pandemic; that the EU is suffering from sanctions against Russia; that EU sanctions on Syria are illegal; that the US imposed sanctions on Russia because it is afraid of its military might; or that sanctions against Russia are ineffective.

Note: The article in NewsFront is taken from Cuban official outlet Prensa Latina, which largely repeats narratives exposed in a previous article in Syrian official press agency SANA.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: EU, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Sanctions

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.

see more

The team that investigated the MH17 crash should be arrested for falsifying numerous evidences

The prime minister of the Netherlands must immediately order the arrest of the investigative team in the MH17 case due to numerous falsifications in the investigation. It is time to stop the lies of the Dutch investigators that are trying to “adjust” the evidence to the official version. Russian experts refuted 5 years ago that the Malaysian Boeing was taken down with a missile 9M38M1, which leaves characteristic damage that wasn’t found in the fuselage of the Malaysian plane. However, Dutch prosecutors refuse to accept the Russian data. Besides, the main suspect, the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), which had a clear interest in the Boeing accident, was admitted in the investigation, which is like having the murderer involved in the investigation.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of the flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team are clear: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing on the incident started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.

The Pentagon carries out in Ukraine the experiments that didn’t dare to do in US soil

The Pentagon is carrying out experiments near Russia’s borders that it does not dare do on US soil due to the incredible threat level. Ukraine is a much more convenient place for bio-labs: there aren’t strict legislative restrictions on biology, and the country is near Russia, a strategic opponent of the US. This is similar to the Caribbean crisis [the 1962 Cuban missile crisis], but this time, biological weapons are used instead of nuclear missiles. The EU countries are more exposed to the threat posed by those labs in Ukraine and other European countries. Washington may be using biological intelligence labs in Ukraine because its population is similar to the Russians and it is possible to organise local outbreaks of several diverse and register the consequences. Similar activities are taking place in Georgia, where the scandalous Center of Research on Public Health Richard Lugar is located.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged existence of US secret military laboratories near Russia’s borders, in this case in Ukraine and Georgia. According to these claims, the main task of these labs is to create "combat" viruses against Russians.

Actually, virology laboratories in Ukraine are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases by pathogens and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism. In April, the US Embassy in Ukraine reaffirmed that the country offers its support to ensure Ukraine can detect and report outbreaks caused by dangerous pathogens before they pose security or stability threats. In June, the Ukrainian Health Ministry responded to a Member of the Ukrainian Parliament who supported the idea of secret US labs, that there were no such laboratories.