Disinfo: Only Europe gains from the association agreement with Georgia

Summary

The Association Agreement with the EU is very profitable for Europe because it can easily peddle its goods in our countries, while Georgian products are submitted to a quota that Ukraine,for example, has already exhausted.

Disproof

The EU provides Georgian companies with funding, training, and export support to new markets through the EU4Business initiative. Trade relations between the EU and partner countries are mutually beneficial. For example, the Eastern Partnership countries offer new markets and consumers to European businesses, and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine allow citizens in those countries to benefit from greater choice, quality and safety of products available to them thanks to increased standards of consumer protection.Georgia enjoy a zero customs duty policy on import of goods to EU countries, except for 1 product (garlic). There is no limit on the volume of Georgian goods exported to the EU. Only a few products represent exceptions, Georgia initially has zero customs duty for these products within a certain quota, after the expiry of which the import tariff must be paid. Customs controls at the EU's external borders mean that imported products must still comply with EU standards and requirements. The EU can also take measures if an EU-based industry complains about the damage caused by unfair practices such as dumping or subsidies. Furthermore, Ukraine can not use up quotas for Georgia, since the quota are country specific. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/35712/myths-about-eastern-partnership-factsheet_en, . Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/two-lies-about-association-agreement-european-union, .

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  • Reported in: Issue 88
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/11/2017
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership, Trade, European Union
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Estonia has opened a new military base in the town of Tapa under the pretext of fear of a Russian attack.

In the Estonian military town of Tapa, a new military base was opened for NATO Defence Force soldiers and its construction cost 43 million euros. They want to deploy more military equipment near the Russian border. It was decided at the Warsaw summit in the summer of 2016, “allegedly in connection with the threat of Russia attack.” Moscow stresses that “it does not intend to ever attack any NATO member.” According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, NATO knows very well that there is no attack threat from Russia, but NATO uses the situation to deploy “more technicians and soldiers near the Russian border”.

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This is not about the construction of a new military base for NATO purposes but an existing base that has now become the backbone for a battalion battle group consisting of British, Danish, French and Estonian soldiers. In direct response to Russia's use of military force against its neighbours, NATO has deployed four multinational battlegroups to the Baltic States and Poland. These forces are rotational, defensive and proportionate. They cannot compare to the three divisions Russia has established in its Western Military and Southern Military Districts. Before Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, there were no plans to deploy Allied troops to the eastern part of the Alliance. The aim of NATO is to prevent conflict, protect its Allies, and preserve the peace. www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl205, A number of Russian politicians, such as former deputy foreign minister Alexander Avdeyev, declare the independence of the Baltic republics to be illegal (and therefore them to still be integral parts of Russia) and Vladimir Zhirinovsky (leader of the The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia) said that there are no Baltic countries. Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik summed it up in an interview with ERR News: "Russia's attempts to vilify NATO are nothing new, but they are not based on facts. In fact, Russia is behaving aggressively, as anyone can see at the example of Georgia and Ukraine, NATO's presence in our region is extremely modest compared to the forces on the other side of the border, but has a positive influence, as it is the best guarantee of peace. " www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R4iYRiT14I, www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40554104, www.baltictimes.com/nato_battalion_battle_group_raises_flags_at_tapa/, news.err.ee/607256/defense-minister-estonia-and-nato-closely-following-russian-zapad-exercise, www.diplomaatia.ee/en/article/russian-armed-forces-in-the-baltic-sea-region/, www2.gwu.edu/~ieresgwu/assets/docs/demokratizatsiya%20archive/11-2_Mihkelson.PDF,

US is using sanctions in trying to push Russia out of the European energy and arms market

The economic sanctions that the US has imposed on Russia primarily serve to take Russia out of the energy and arms markets. The US has its own economic and energy positions in Europe and this is a way how to maintain it. This means that they use political reasons to promote their own business interests.

Disproof

In August 2017, the US imposed the latest sanctions on Russia over its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its involvement in Syria’s civil war. New sanctions are introduced on entities doing business with Russian military or intelligence agencies, companies involved in Russian off-shore oil projects, and those participating in Russian oil or gas pipeline construction within Russia.The US Congress also committed to only apply sanctions after the country's allies, including the EU, are consulted.The economic sanctions imposed on Russia serve as an expression of disagreement with the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014. However, it is not the US instrument used to make them better traded in the energy and arms industries. Sanctions were imposed not only by the United States, but also by Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the European Union and other 7 European countries outside the EU, including Ukraine itself.