Disinfo: Europe forces Ukraine to choose between being with, or against, Russia

Summary

Europe forces Ukraine to choose between being with, or against, Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the relationship between Ukraine and the European Union and undermining Ukrainian statehood.

Europe does not force Ukraine to do anything. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality, language and with a democratically-elected president and parliament.

In 2013 Ukraine was expected to "sign an association agreement with the European Union at the EU Eastern Partnership Initiative Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania; however preparations for signing the agreement were stopped. Back then, the Ukrainian government explained they were taking this decision because of economic problems and their need to improve relations with Russia. Russia had repeatedly warned Ukraine against signing the agreement on the eve of the Vilnius Summit, promising a sharp deterioration of economic ties between the countries. The European Union regretted the decision and said that the door to the association remains open. In Ukraine, the same decision triggered a series of protests known as Euromaidan".

See a similar case Ukraine enslaved to Europe because of the Maidan.

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  • Reported in: Issue189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, European Union, Europe, Viktor Yanukovych
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Ukraine will never enter EU and NATO

The EU will never accept Ukraine as a member state and NATO does not want Ukraine to be part of it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the EU, and the West in general, have abandoned Ukraine.

Ukraine is a priority partner for the European Union and also part of the EU's Eastern Partnership initiative. An Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Ukraine, was negotiated between 2007 and 2011 and signed on 21 March and 27 June 2014. It replaces earlier frameworks for cooperation. The Association Agreement is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values.

White Helmets carry out criminal activities and are an arm of British and American intelligence

Russia was able, in cooperation with Syrian journalists, to prove that the allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons [in Douma] are pure slander by the Western-backed White Helmets.

The organisation [White Helmets] is funded by British intelligence services and is performing its functions by disseminating information and allegations against Syria and its army.

The White Helmets are an arm of British and American intelligence, and its founder, British intelligence officer James Le Mesurier, was killed in “mysterious circumstances” near his home in Istanbul last November.

The organization uses “humanitarian mask” as a cover for its criminal activities. It cooperates with the “Jabhat al-Nusra” organisation, which controls most of Idlib governorate.

Disproof

An example of many disinformation and propagandist claims about the White Helmets. Pro-Kremlin media routinely accuse the White Helmets of “working for terrorists” and being a creation of the Western intelligence services. No evidence is given to support these claims.

The "White Helmets" movement originated in Syria in 2012. The organisation, which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters, states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to rendering services to anyone in need. Volunteers save people from the rubble after bombings, despite the danger of dying themselves as a result of repeated air strikes.