G7 countries are either insignificant or not fully sovereign

Summary

G7 positions are based on the recognition of US global dominance. Canada and Italy do not have enough weight. US occupational military forces have remained in the territories of Japan and Germany since WWII. Both countries are not fully sovereign. UK and France have a very narrow avenue for taking international decisions beyond the US’s position. Hence, the G7 turned into a group of Soviet-like bureaucrats led by Washington. It has not much to discuss beyond European, American, or Japanese problems. Hence, Trump’s statement to bring Russia back, as discussions about Ukraine, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, or global energy security are senseless without Moscow.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western countries, Germany and Japan in particular, as US vassal states. See other examples of cases presenting different countries under the thumb of the Americans here.

Japan is a fully sovereign state recognised by the international community. US military presence in Japan is regulated by the 1954 Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement. The Constitution of Japan forbids the formation of traditional military force. Read more by the Council of Foreign Relations. 

Germany is an independent and sovereign country and is not dependent on the United States of America in terms of foreign policymaking and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

For other disinformation cases see: Japan is not fully sovereign, Germany is a vassal of the US; Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe; The USA is controlling Europe through occupied Germany.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, US, Canada, Italy, UK, Germany, France
  • Keywords: G7, Donald Trump, Sovereignty, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Vmeste s Rossiyey
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Disproof

Recurring disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the aggressive West, Poland in particular.

"Prometheanism" was an ideological concept introduced by Poland's inter-war ruler Józef Piłsudski based on the idea that any great power would collapse if its ethnic minorities were empowered. Based on this concept, the Promethean League (Prometejska Liga) was established, a semi-clandestine network that envisioned cooperation between a group of nations fighting the Soviet Union.

The task of the European Defence Agency is to maintain NATO’s war against Russia

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Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative about Western anti-Russian activities, and generally about Western belligerence.

Neither NATO nor the EU nor the European Defence Agency have aggressive intentions towards Russia or any other country.

The isolated USSR had no alternative and had to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

The isolated USSR had no alternative and had to sign the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

The isolated Soviet Union had to act (…). It therefore subsequently entered into negotiations with fascist Germany. Moscow had “no alternative” and signed the non-aggression treaty with Berlin. All Soviet security interests had been taken into account in the secret additional protocol on the division of Poland. (…) The Soviet leadership had not given up and made further proposals, including a stand-by pact and a military treaty with Britain and France. But this had been rejected one by one and the talks with Moscow had been prolonged.

Since then, the events have repeatedly been used for accusations and allegations that the Soviet Union under Joseph V. Stalin had made common cause with fascist Germany under Adolf Hitler. (…) Historical events like these 80 years ago are also used in the current Western front position against Russia.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative revising the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as non-aggressive.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union) was signed on 23 August 1939. Its secret protocols divided Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact directly caused the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of the country by Germany and the USSR. The Treaty enabled the USSR to invade and annex the Baltic States. The Soviets also annexed Romania's provinces of Bessarabia (today's Moldova) and northern Bukovina (now in Ukraine) and the Czechoslovakian territory of Carpathian Ruthenia (now also part of Ukraine). Throughout the territories it occupied, the Soviet Union carried out harsh political reprisals, including mass executions and deportations.