Disinfo: Lined up with the US, the EU never took independent decisions

Summary

Europeans always aligned with America and didn’t take independent decisions. But after Donald Trump came to power, it happened so that the Americans left Europe unhappy and to its own fate, and Germany had to solve important issues on its own.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of European countries. This narrative claims that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictates policies to the EU and its member states.

In fact, the EU Member States are sovereign countries and make 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, as explained by the EU High Representative.

The EU maintains partnerships with the world's key players, including emerging powers and regional groups. It seeks to ensure that these relationships are based on mutual interests and benefits. For instance, the EU’s common foreign and security policy is designed to resolve conflicts and foster international understanding and is based on diplomacy and respect for international rules. Trade, humanitarian aid, and development cooperation also play an important role in the EU's international role.

Similar disinformation narratives claim that NATO is a new type of US colonialismthat European élites obey Washington, and that EU and NATO member states are subordinate to the US and that NATO serves one master. Other cases allege that NATO is fully subordinate to the USA and that Baltic states, Moldova, and Poland are "hostages" of NATO.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 181
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Germany
  • Keywords: EU, Imperialism/colonialism, US presence in Europe, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik.az
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Disproof

This narrative falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-roots protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions.

The British Ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, stated that he was not taking part in any demonstrations and went to a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. The UK Government condemned the arrest of Macaire as a "flagrant violation of international law". See a similar case here

Poland was an ally of Nazis

Several countries, including Poland, were in collusion with the Nazi dictator. “They [the Poles] practically made a deal with Hitler. This is clear from the archived documents.”

In 1938, the Polish ambassador to Germany promised to erect a “beautiful monument” in Warsaw to the head of Nazi Germany after the latter proposed to “send the Jews to colonies in Africa”. This ambassador “was in complete solidarity with [Adolf] Hitler”, this “anti-Semitic pig”.

Poland does not fail to compare Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union’s responsibility for the outbreak of the Second World War, the German-Soviet pact of 1939 having “sealed”  the division of Eastern Europe into areas of influence of the two totalitarian regimes according to Poland.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative professing the unimpeachability of Soviet decision-making before and during the Second World War; minimizing the role of the 1939-41 Nazi-Soviet alliance in provoking conflict; and accusing Poland of historical revisionism.

The Nazi-Soviet invasion of Poland in September 1939 is an objective fact, not an exercise in revisionism. This two-sided aggression was waged in accordance with the provisions of the Nazi-Soviet pact, which entitled the Third Reich and the USSR to clearly defined spheres of influence in a series of secret protocols.

A US spy drone caused the crash of PS752

The passenger plane with 168 passengers could accidentally end up on the same course with the US drone MQ-9 Reaper, which has the ability to loop at maximum height. The plane was probably endangered by the US drone and could accidentally become a target of the Iranian missile.

The collision of the plane with a US drone is a very convincing version.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the downing of the Ukrainian flight PS 752. No evidence given about the presence of a US drone in the crash area.

Iran has recognised that its military forces unintentionally shot down the passenger jet. On January 11, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani wrote on Twitter: “Armed Forces’ internal investigation has concluded that regrettably, missiles fired due to human error caused the horrific crash of the Ukrainian plane & death of 176 innocent people.”