Disinfo: EU supports terrorists and not the sovereignty of Syria 

Summary

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.

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, to pressure to negotiate a lasting political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 under UN auspices. They are part and parcel of the EU’s wider approach to the Syria crisis, as outlined in the EU strategy on Syria, which clearly states that: "The EU is committed to the unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian State."

Read more disinformation cases alleging that sanctions on Syria are illegal and aim to destroy the country, EU sanctions bypass the UN, EU sanctions on Syria are illegal and that the EU and the US block the rebuilding of Syria and that the West has planned the total destruction of Syria.

The same article contained another claim that the EU is subordinate to Washington.

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  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, EU, European Union, Human rights, Syrian War, Terrorism, Conspiracy, 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.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

This is part of an ongoing pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the US election. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the result doesn’t matter because the real ruler is the Deep State; that the Guardian exposed how US Democrats exploited mail-in voting irregularities; that an oligarch-sponsored insurrection against the people will take place around election day; or that the US is on the verge of a civil war, and militias are only a reaction against government abuse.

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