Disinfo: Ukraine has only been accepted into the Western camp in order to serve as a deployment area against Russia

Summary

Ukraine has only been accepted into the Western camp in order to serve as a deployment area against Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and Western belligerence towards Russia, the West attempting to weaken and isolate Russia or to use Ukraine as NATO-springboard towards Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications with Russia.

For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest."

The EU and its member states have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts, in line with five guiding principles of relations with Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, West, Anti-Russian, War preparation

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

Pro-Russian disinformation narrative seeking to undermine the standing of International institutions, and the Council of Europe in particular.

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Georgia does not benefit from free trade agreement with EU

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Disproof

According to DCFTA.gov.ge, a website run by the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development and dedicated to the agreement-related developments, export from Georgia to the EU in 2018 increased by 11.5% compared to 2017 and accounted for 21.7% of the country’s total exports. Agricultural exports increased by 6% from 2017, and industrial exports by 13%.

The overview on the website of the Georgian edition of the Forbes magazine states that in January-June 2018, Georgia’s exports to the EU exceeded exports to Russia by 80%. In the same period, Georgian exports to the EU grew by 21%, to Russia – by 10%. From 2004 to 2018, Georgia consistently exported more to the EU than to Russia. In 2007-2017, 3.5 times more products ($3.6 billion more) were exported to the EU than to Russia.

US Special Representative Kurt Volker rules in Ukraine

In addition to the 4 oligarchs in Ukraine, there is also a fifth – US Special Representative Kurt Volker, who does what he wants, and who actually rules the country.

Disproof

On 7 July 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appointed Ambassador Kurt Volker as the special representative for Ukraine. He took the responsibility for advancing US. efforts to achieve the objectives set out in the Minsk agreements, Kurt Volker has no other responsibilities.

In his video message at the Kyiv Security Forum, Kurt Volker said: “We welcome the Ukrainian people to successfully conduct the first round of presidential elections.  We wish you success in holding the second round of presidential elections, as well as parliamentary elections in the fall."  He also added that the United States does not support any of the presidential candidates in Ukraine, but advocates respect for the principles.