Disinfo: Josep Borrell discredited himself calling Russia a fascist state, he is a latent fascist himself

Summary

Josep Borrell, head of the EU foreign policy service, called Russia a "fascist state", nullified himself as a diplomat with such a statement.

[... ] he would most likely have been on the side on General Franco if he had been in his native Spain in the 1930s because he supports the neo-Nazi's in Kyiv.

Why did Russia become an “old enemy” for the Spaniard Borrell? This is possible only if the current head of EU diplomacy leads his political biography not from the fighters against fascism, but precisely from the "falangists", Franco's supporters. That is, in fact, Josep Borrell himself is a latent fascist.

Disproof

Firstly, High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HRVP) Josep Borrell did not qualify Russia and its regime as fascists. In the course of an exchange during the Inter Parliamentary Conference in Czechia, when reacting to questions, he referred to a qualification made by a previous speaker.

Secondly, the life, statements, public service and the overall track-record of Mr Borrell shows very clearly which side he is on - he always opposed Franco's regime, defended democracy and human rights. He has been and remains a member of the socialist party and was an active protagonist in the Spanish transition to democracy. Any statement suggesting otherwise is just defamatory and shows lack of knowledge of facts that are widely accessible.

Taking words out of context and twisting them blaming Ukraine, EU, UK etc. of being “fascist” is a quintessential tactic of the pro-Kremlin disinformation ecosystems where everybody who disagree with Russia may be qualified as fascist.

See more disinformation cases on Fascist sanctions of EU, EU helping to train Nazis etc.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 308
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/09/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: Invasion of Ukraine, Nazi/Fascist, Josep Borrell, Vladimir Putin

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