Disinfo: Europe will reduce sanctions on Russia once it becomes unrestrained

Summary

The biggest loser [from sanctions] is not the United States which was instigating these sanctions, but Europe.

Europe will strive to reduce the sanctions and won’t move to increase them, that is if it is really independent in its political decision.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU’s relationship with the United States, in addition to the consequence of Western sanctions claiming that sanctions have backfired against the EU.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia which were prolonged until 31 July 2021. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea, the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine and the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

According to research into the effect of sanctions, the cumulative export loss to Russia during 2014-2018 is estimated at EUR 30 billion (about -0.2% of EU’s GDP in 2018), incurred largely during 2014-2016, as EU exports to Russia recovered in 2017.

While these sanctions do affect the EU's economy, the EU-wide impacts of the export losses are estimated at less than 0.2% of total value-added and employment, while the potential total impact of the sanctions for the Russian economy is estimated at 8% to 10% GDP.

Research showed that already in 2016 most of the affected agricultural sectors in the EU had been able to find alternative markets, either within the EU or beyond.

Russia’s own counter-sanctions have also had a clear negative effect on the welfare of the average Russian household. Most research supports the view that sanctions have worked as planned, noting the drag they have imposed on Russia’s general economic development since 2014. This adverse effect most likely operates by depressing both foreign trade and foreign capital flows into Russia.

On another note, The US is an important ally to the EU but the later policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative.

Read similar cases in our database claiming that EU has lost hundreds of billions due to sanctions on Russia; or that the EU is suffering from sanctions against Russia and that EU and NATO member states are subordinate to the US, while the US has long regarded the EU as a kind of protectorate, and that the EU never took independent decisions, and that the EU is subordinate to Washington.

This disinformation appeared in the same video as another message about COVID-19 revealing how divided Europe is and how giving Russia is, and that Americans and Europeans are orchestrating protests around the world.

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  • Reported in: Issue 231
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Country: EU, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny, US presence in Europe, Economic difficulties, Crimea, Sanctions
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The medical technology to infect people with the Covid-19 virus was developed 5 years ago.

“Operation Covid-19” included stages that you could witness during the last two years. 1) artificial panic under the name of the pandemic; 2) restrictions and bans in all countries of the world under the auspices of citizens’ health care; 3) mass vaccination; 4) universal digital control over the movement and behaviour of people, including the ability to digitally identify each person. These very steps will allow modern financial corporations, as institutions, to reduce the capacity of states, to take full control of the world and become the infamous “world government.”

All the world’s leading special services took part in the Covid-19 operation. If the pandemic is slowly reducing the world’s population, then the global elites behind Operation Covid-19 could also go to nuclear war.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and recurrent disinformation narrative about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccination, in line with common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a Shadow Government of Globalists ruling all the world and aiming to reduce world population through pandemics and vaccination and even go for nuclear war.

This is part of a disinformation campaign on coronavirus, well documented by both media and governments. Elements of this campaign were widely reported by Russian and international publications, and by the European External Action Service.

Josep Borrell doesn't have a freedom to choose an independent political course

The highly respected EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has no freedom to independently choose a political course. It seems that after arriving in Brussels, he was explained how the meeting with the Russians was supposed to be, and what conclusions he had to draw at its end.

Perhaps, upon return to Brussels, the head of European diplomacy was explained what accents he had to do, but then this only confirms how and by whom the EU policy is actually formed.

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. EU shapes its policy in full transparance, without external involvment. The High Representative for foreign affairs shapes the standing of the European Union on the global stage. This includes conducting the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, ensuring implementation of the decisions adopted by the European Council and the Council, chairing monthly meetings of foreign affairs ministers from all EU member states, and more.

HRVP Josep Borrel travelled to Moscow 4 - 6 February to test whether the Russian government was interested in addressing differences and reversing the negative trend in EU-Russia relations.

Anthony Fauci admits that the vaccine situation has turned into competition

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci positively evaluated Russian vaccine Sputnik V, after publication about its efficiency in “Lancet”.

The specialist admits that the vaccine situation has turned into a competition, in which everyone wants to win, including Russia or China.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about vaccines. aiming to promote the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Anthony Fauci's words were misrepresented by the pro-Kremlin media. The full extract from the interview, where Fauci speaks about "vaccine race" and Sputnik V can be accessed here or seen below: