Disinfo: European politicians do not react to protests in the USA

Summary

None of the European politicians flew to the USA to see with their own eyes what was happening there. None of these European politicians went to the grocery store and bought cookies to distribute in Minneapolis or elsewhere. None of them has turned to the US president with a request that he should respect the legitimate rights of demonstrators and protesters. None of the European politicians urgently convened any conferences. And, in principle, such behaviour gives a full right to not to see any calls of European politicians at all.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US racial justice protests and the EU. The outlet hints on parallels with the Euromaidan in Ukraine, where European politicians and officials strongly demonstrated presence.

The EU is reacting to what is going on in the US. "Like the people of the United States, we are shocked and appalled by the death of George Floyd ... all societies must remain vigilant against the excessive use of force," Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy chief, told reporters.

"The peaceful protests that we see in the US... are understandable and more than legitimate. I hope that these peaceful protests won't slide further into violence, but even more than that, I hope that they will make a difference in the United States," said Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas.

On 5 June, Members of the EP’s Subcommittee on Human Rights debated human rights situation in the US after the death of George Floyd.

In the same programme, anchors discussed that it's European politicians who are to blame for what's happened in Ukraine in 2013-2014.

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  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: US racial justice protests, US presence in Europe, Euromaidan

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