Disinfo: EUMM observers cover up irresponsible activities of the Georgians

Summary

Georgia’s law-enforcement and special services are unable to handle the crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic and are intentionally misinforming the public about the actual state of affairs. Georgia’s American curators take advantage of the COVID-19 situation to expand the infection area and create a bacteriological threat thought the region.

European observers cover up the irresponsible activities of the Georgian law-enforcement bodies leading to the escalation of the regime between Georgia and South Ossetia and creating additional security risks.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU's Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) and Georgia. Also consistent with the narrative that the US intentionally spreads coronavirus.

The EUMM was deployed immediately following the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Its mandate is to support the restoration of ordinary life, to prevent a return to hostilities, to build confidence among the conflict parties and to inform about EU policy.

The EUMM comes under frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation attacks, see earlier cases alleging that EUMM observers violated the administrative boundary line; and that it encourages Georgia's destructive activities near the South Ossetian border;

The European Union remains fully committed to peaceful conflict resolution in Georgia and reiterates its firm support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory, South Ossetia, EU
  • Outlet: Sputnik Ossetia

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