Disinfo: Europe creates obstacles for full cooperation with Russia

Summary

Russia is not allowed into Europe. Europe creates obstacles for full cooperation with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to obfuscate the legitimate reactions to Russia's aggressive actions with claims of Russophobia. At the end of the Cold War, Russia became a member of several European and international organisations. Since 1997, the EU's political and economic relations with Russia have been based on a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA). Russia was the EU's fourth largest trading partner and the EU was Russia's biggest trading partner. The Russian Federation became the 39th Member State of the Council of Europe in 1996, and joined the WTO in 2012; EU-Russia trade relations are framed by WTO rules. NATO also consistently worked to build a cooperative relationship with Russia. Even after the Russo-Georgian war in 2008, the US, the EU and most European states did not question the above-mentioned assumptions about Russia and continued to view Russia not as a security problem but as a key partner. Germany continued its strategic partnership policy towards Russia, and France and Italy pursued similar strategies based on increasing cooperation with Moscow. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine in 2014 was viewed in Europe and US as violating the basic rules of the post-Cold War European order, especially the rule that borders are inviolable. The EU and many member states reassessed their “strategic partnership” policies towards Russia and began to view Russia as a serious challenge to the European security order. At the same time, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe suspended voting rights of the Russian delegation. Early in 2019, the European Parliament adopted a resolution assessing the current state of EU-Russia political relations. The resolution stated that "Closer relations will only be possible if Russia fully implements the so-called Minsk agreements to end the war in eastern Ukraine and starts respecting international law”. In June 2019 PACE has voted to ratify the credentials of the Russian delegation, declaring that it remained “committed to dialogue as a means of reaching lasting solutions”. However, in return the Assembly called on Russia to fulfil a series of recent Assembly recommendations, citing among other things the release of Ukrainian sailors, co-operation on bringing to justice those responsible for downing Flight MH17, etc.

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  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/09/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Armenia, Russia
  • Keywords: security threat, Diplomacy with Russia, Europe
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All throughout the post-war period the Soviet Union kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness

All throughout the post-war period, the Soviet Union kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness.

Disproof

This case represents a manipulation of historical facts to downplay and justify Russian aggression towards European countries. See similar cases here.

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Rasmussen suggested Georgia join NATO without Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Before joining NATO, Georgia should recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It is impossible to enter NATO with territorial disputes. Rasmussen suggested a very simple thing to Georgia – give up South Ossetia and Abkhazia, recognize their independence and then we [NATO] will be ready to discuss your membership.

Disproof

This is manipulative interpretation of the former NATO Secretary General's statements, giving the impression that Georgia should give up its occupied regions in exchange for joining NATO. This is one of many types of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the relations between Georgia and NATO. Speaking at the 5th Tbilisi International Conference co-organized by McCain Institute and Economic Policy Research Centre, former NATO Secretary-General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen said [13:07 - 15:00] that in case of Georgia’s accession to the alliance, it should be discussed internally whether Article 5 covers only the territory that is actually controlled by the Georgian government and applies to the occupied territories only after Georgia restores its jurisdiction there. As an illustration, Rasmussen brought an example of Germany, saying that West Germany joined NATO in 1955, while East Germany became a member of the alliance only in 1990, following German reunification.

“If one day we consider Georgia ready to join the alliance, we also have to make sure that Article 5 is still credible, which would require NATO to actually help Georgia, if Georgia is attacked. But obviously, it is the problem to have unresolved border disputes with Russia in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. So, the question is - how could that be resolved. I think you have to discuss internally in Georgia: would you in that case be willing to accept that Article 5 will only cover the territory that is actually controlled by the Georgian government. And the NATO will also have to reflect on exactly the same question,” Rasmussen said.

Further debunking by Myth Detector.

The German chancellor is forming a new anti-Russian coalition

Angela Merkel is trying to form a new intra-European anti-Russian coalition in Europe.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia, about Western belligerence towards Russia and about the West's anti-Russian actions. Similar cases can be consulted here andhere. No talks about a new coalition in Europe have taken place. During the last G7 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that "We are in agreement that the return of Russia to the G7 cannot happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine".