Disinfo: Italy is most affected by the Russian sanctions

Summary

Sanctions were imposed mainly to destroy the Russian economy, but Italy is the European country worst affected by the sanctions on Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about economic difficulties in EU countries resulting from the sanctions policy against Russia.

EU sanctions against Russia were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. On 12 December 2019, EU leaders unanimously agreed to roll over the economic sanctions on Russia for another six months, until 31 July 2020.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Italy, Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia, Sanctions

Disclaimer

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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Disproof

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