Eastern European countries will do anything to support their overseas master over Nord Stream 2 just for few cents.

Summary

Trump is fighting Nord Stream 2. He raised a wave of indignation in Central and Eastern European countries, which, allegedly, are very concerned about the fate of the Ukrainian transit. Europe, which is facing political collapse due to Brexit, is unable to resist the pressure of the American business-cowboy. Moreover, Eastern European countries will do anything to support their overseas master just for a few cents.

 

Disproof

Message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US presence in Europe, lack of sovereignty of Central and Eastern European states and the disintegration of the EU.

A number of EU states are concerned about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project and its implications to their energy security. Back in March 2016, leaders of 8 Central and Eastern European states sent a letter to the president of the European Commission objecting to the Nord Stream 2 project as posing risk for the energy security in the region. Such position was also shared by the European Parliament.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Europe, Eastern Europe, EU, US
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Brexit, US presence in Europe, Sovereignty
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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The EU confirms there was no foreign disinformation campaign in the European elections

The European Union confirmed in the Progress Report on the Action Plan against Disinformation that no foreign disinformation campaign to influence the European elections was detected.

Disproof

This claim is a distortion of the actual report, taking the following sentence out of context: "Available evidence has not allowed us to identify a distinct cross-border disinformation campaign from external sources specifically targeting the European elections”. The next sentence provides further clarification: "However, the evidence collected revealed a continued and sustained disinformation activity by Russian sources aiming to suppress turnout and influence voter preferences”. It also says that the number of disinformation cases attributed to Russian sources and documented by the East Strategic Communication Task Force since January 2019 doubled as compared to the same period a year ago: 998 versus 434.

Asked if the report doesn’t contradict itself, Security Commissioner Julian King said that disinformation aimed at dividing Europeans was "increasingly locally focused", which the report explains as follows: "Instead of conducting large-scale operations on digital platforms, these actors, in particular linked to Russian sources, now appeared to be opting for smaller-scale, localised operations that are harder to detect and expose."

EU’s own report clears Moscow of election meddling charges

In the face of its established tendency to accuse Moscow of meddling in elections, the EU has itself acknowledged that such charges are lacking in substance.

In a recent report, the European Commission admitted there is insufficient evidence to identify a “distinct cross-border disinformation campaign” in the run-up to the 2019 European Parliament elections. This, however, did not stop the Commission from alleging that unspecified “Russian sources” had attempted to influence their outcome.

This claim fits into the three-year campaign of baseless interference allegations which the US, France, the UK, Spain, and Germany have levied against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative stating that all charges of election meddling, however well-grounded in the facts, are actually Russophobic plots used by Western governments to shift the focus away from domestic problems.

The report in question does not absolve Russia of interference charges. The statement that "available evidence has not allowed to identify a distinct cross-border disinformation campaign" is immediately followed by this one: "However, the evidence collected revealed a continued and sustained disinformation activity by Russian sources aiming to suppress turnout and influence voter preferences" (p. 3, emphasis added).

No evidence of Russian meddling in Western elections

Several European states, namely Spain, Germany, and the UK, have accused Russia of meddling in their domestic elections, thereby following the US. However, none of these countries have managed to provide any credible evidence in support of these allegations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying any Russian interference in Western elections and other democratic processes.

Russia's attempts to sway foreign elections have been overwhelmingly documented by government agencies, journalistic investigations, and think tanks. See the original disproof here; see here for our database of resources pertaining to Russian interference in Western elections; and see here for our debunk of the "no-credible-evidence" trope as applied to the 2016 US presidential election.