Disinfo: France and Germany became participants to the conflict in Donbas


Germany and France do not just agree on everything, but are playing along with Ukraine, and share at least a part of Ukrainian positions.

This is a key threat to the negotiation process, since such an interpretation of the behaviour by Berlin and Paris from the Russian side, discredits their mediating role and transfers them to the status of participants in the conflict.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and Ukraine's relations with its foreign partners.

The Normandy Format talks involve the representatives of four countries, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France, who aim to resolve the war in Donbas. Each country takes an independent part in the meetings.

However, the war in Eastern Ukraine is a well-documented act of ongoing aggression by Russian armed forces, since February 2014. There is no evidence to suggest that France and Germany are participants in the conflict.

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  • Reported in: Issue 213
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France
  • Keywords: Sergei Lavrov, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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