Disinfo: PESCO indicates Europe’s lack of independence from the US


The Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO) is nothing but a set-up enabling the US to supervise yet another major infrastructure project in Europe” and to withdraw cash from Europe. The project does not indicate Europe’s independence.


Actually, the main aim of a Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence (PESCO), as outlined in the Treaty of the EU, Articles 42 (6) and 46, as well as Protocol 10 is EU Member States' closer cooperation in security and defence. Member States agreed to step up the European Union's work in this area and acknowledged that enhanced coordination, increased investment in defence and cooperation in developing defence capabilities are key requirements to achieve it.

Through PESCO, Member States increase their effectiveness in addressing security challenges and advancing towards further integrating and strengthening defence cooperation within the EU framework. eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/34226/permanent-structured-cooperation-pesco-factsheet_en,


  • Reported in: Issue 88
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: PESCO, European Union


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Poland blocks cargo transports from Ukraine to Europe

Poland is not allowing Ukrainian cargo transports through its territory.


The source used in the article is former Ukrainian Transport Minister Yevhen Chervonenko, who during a television program on Ukraine’s ZIK channel announced that thousands of trucks are stuck on Ukraine’s western borders and not allowed entry into Europe. Chervonenko claimed that he was in Lviv with the current Ukrainian Infrastructure minister Volodymyr Omelyan trying to solve this alleged problem.

Minister Omelyan told StopFake that cargo traffic between countries is carried out on bilaterial quota principles and the last few years have seen a significant increase in the number of transports to Poland. Ukraine currently has 10,000 transport permits granted by Poland, approximately equivalent to 10.000 trucks crossing the Polish border and hopes for another 10,000 by the year’s end, Omelyan said.

Ukraine not wanted in NATO

During this year’s Halifax International Security Forum NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg said NATO does not want to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the Alliance.


Speaking at the Halifax Forum, Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO's doors are open, but in order to become a NATO member, a country must fulfill the necessary requirements. NATO is currently helping both Ukraine and Georgia with the implementation of reforms needed to meet criteria for entry into the military alliance. The decision to accept or reject new members will be taken by 29 NATO member countries, Stoltenberg pointed out according to Interfax.


Armenia glorifies fascism

The association with the European Union is not the only thing Armenia does like Ukraine: it’s hard to believe, but Yerevan also glorifies the accomplices of fascism. In May 2016, in particular, a monument to Garegin Nzhdeh – an Armenian Bandera  – was erected in Yerevan. He is a hero for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia with its ideology of national conservatism, and the RPA logo resembles the symbols of the Third Reich.


Zvezda TV, owned by Russia’s Ministry of Defence, is well known to spread disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/dependent-media-russias-military-tv-zvezda/, . Armenia is not a fascist country, however it is a common narrative that pro-Kremlin outlets uses about countries/persons that the Kremlin disagrees with, for example Ukraine euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=fascism&disinfo_issue=&date=, .

Nzhdeh was one of the prominent military leaders of a short-lived independent Armenian republic formed in 1918. In 1920, he mounted armed resistance against the republic’s takeover by Bolshevik Russia in Zangezur, a mountainous region in what is now southeastern Armenia. He is widely credited with preserving Armenian control over Zangezur. The Spokesperson of the Armenian Embassy in Russia had a meeting with the Director of the Zvezda TV channel, who had explained that it was a mistake, a negligence by the editorial staff and apologized, and then in a few hours the official apology letter was sent to the Armenian Embassy. The full text of the letter was read in Armenian during the report. During the meeting the Director has informed that the TV channel is currently undergoing staff related issues and this negligence is caused by that factor.