Disinfo: EU supporting terrorism against the Syrian state

Summary

The European Union, since 2011, has been supporting terrorist groups against the Syrian state, providing them with arms, money, and training, and facilitating their entry into Syria.

EU politics has always been subordinate to American policy.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message aimed at undermining the image of the EU and portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA.

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

Furthermore, this narrative targets the humanitarian organisation, White Helmets, that has been portrayed as a Western-backed terrorist proxy group, with no evidence to support this unfounded theory, in order to obfuscate the responsibility of the Assad regime for chemical attacks perpetrated during the Syrian civil war.

Moreover, the EU is a leading donor of humanitarian, development, economic and stabilisation assistance for Syrians. The EU also remains one of the main supporters of UN-led efforts to reach a political solution to the conflict.

On 3 April 2017, the EU council endorsed a strategy that sets out how the EU can help to rebuild a peaceful and stable Syrian nation and a pluralistic, tolerant civil society in Syria that could help to terminate the conflict that began in 2011.

The EU Strategy for Syria reiterates the EU's commitment to the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian State.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty, and the EU is directed by Washington or claiming that 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 and that the White Helmets performs criminal activities and is an arm of British and American intelligence.

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  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Syria, US
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Terrorism financing, Propaganda, US presence in Europe, Sovereignty, Terrorism, Syrian War
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