Disinfo: Expulsion of Russian diplomats from Bulgaria is Russophobia

Summary

Bulgaria said that it expelled Russian diplomats. The expulsion of diplomats and similar actions reflect compliance with Russophobic tendencies, which the Americans are trying to plant in Europe and in every possible way to discourage Europe from Russian gas, and from Russian military products.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, “lost sovereignty” and Russophobia. Eastern European countries are often presented as “puppet-states” of the United States by the pro-Kremlin media.

The claim comes after Bulgaria expelled two Russian diplomats on suspicion of espionage. According to state prosecutors, the two suspects collected secret state information on Bulgaria’s military modernisation plans and preparedness. Bulgarian investigators said the espionage, which took place between 2016 to date, included the use of financial inducements to recruit Bulgarian nationals with access to sensitive information

Regarding the comments on Europe being under America's thumb, the European Union is a sovereign entity, created by the voluntary initiative of European nations, and it has its own, independent foreign policy. Its citizens are directly represented in the European Parliament and Member States are represented in the European Council and the Council of the EU. The United States of America is not part of these institutions. The US had no role in the creation of the EU and has no say in its decisions.

In addition, the EU Member States are sovereign countries and make their own sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US.

See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, that the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States, or that Lithuania is NATO’s dog barking at Russia and Belarus, that Foreign powers command political parties in Romania or Czechia is US’s puppet.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Bulgaria, US
  • Keywords: Diplomacy with Russia, Russophobia

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