Disinfo: Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia are held by the EU in the ”waiting room”

Summary

Ten years ago, it was proposed to create a neighbourhood platform with the former Soviet Republics, particularly with Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia.

The idea was to attract these post-Soviet states to the EU with empty promises, based on the ideology. The EU has no money for enlargement, nor there is any political will.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the EU and Eastern Partnership Programme.

This message attempts to induce the idea that Eastern Partnership is a failed initiative, without any arguments.

The Eastern Partnership is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union, its member states and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Over the past decade, the collective efforts of the EU and the partner countries have brought considerable benefits to the citizens in spite of what widespread myths state.

Similar case can be found here.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Moldova, Russian
  • Country: Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: EU, Eastern Partnership
  • Outlet: Sputnik.md
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EU experts: No Russian meddling in the elections to the European Parliament 2019

The EU itself admits that no large-scale Russian attempt to interfere in the elections to the European Parliament was seen in the last months.The biggest chunk of the disinformation is, according to the EU experts, “motivated by the  populist and anti-establishment sentiment”. The observed “level of disinformation and online manipulation” is “normal”.

 

Disproof

Misrepresented quote. The claim refers to the Disinformation Review Issue #150, where one can read:

But in the final days leading up to the vote, their findings appear to be anticlimactic: expectations of a massive coordinated influence campaign, targeted hack-and-leak operation, or other dramatic cyberattack have seemingly fallen short. The observed level of disinformation and manipulated online activity has been pretty much, well… normal. And much of it, importantly, now appears to be home-grown – motivated by populist, anti-establishment attitudes that are gaining traction across certain segments of the European electorate, and not coordinated directly by Russia or its immediate proxies (but certainly promoted by them!).

Compared to past elections, it may indeed seem like we have gotten off easy. But before we breathe a collective sigh of relief, let’s ask ourselves – is this a “normal” that we are willing to accept?

Bucharest leads a “raider” policy towards Ukraine

Romania intensified its territorial claims to Ukraine. It leads a “raider” policy towards Ukraine. Propaganda of Bucharest in Bucovina region is intended to help this process.

In this context, the new unrecognised Ukrainian Church started to support Romanians.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Romania, with previous record of questioning Ukraine's integrity.

There is no evidence that Romania would consider annexing parts of Ukraine. Romania is not conducting propaganda in the Bucovina region.

The collapse of Ukraine would be a chance for a “Greater Romania”

Romanian, Polish and Hungarian irredentists pin their hopes on the imminent collapse of Ukraine and its subsequent defragmentation, which will allow them to snatch off a piece of “Ukrainian pie”.

The preservation of Ukraine in its Soviet and post-Soviet borders is not fundamental for the United States and its satellites. Ukraine, which has lost its sovereignty and political subjectivity, will be easily sacrificed for current political expediency, as has already happened to the countries of the “third world” more than once.

Bessarabia, formerly owned by Russia, was occupied in 1918 by Romanian troops. The Romanian expansion, unlike the Hungarian one, is of a creeping type – without any special statements and scandals.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Romania, with previous record of questioning Moldova's and Ukraine's integrity.

Neither Romania, Poland nor Hungary claim any territory of Ukraine.