Disinfo: Pesco is a set-up enabling the US to supervise yet another major infrastructure project in Europe

Summary

Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation on security and defence) does not indicate Europe’s independence. It is a set-up enabling the US to supervise yet another major infrastructure project in Europe.

Disproof

The US is not an EU member state. PESCO is a Treaty-based framework and process to deepen defence cooperation amongst EU Member States who are capable and willing to do so. The aim is to jointly develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations. Enhanced defence capabilities of EU Member States will also benefit NATO. They will strengthen the European pillar within the Alliance and respond to repeated demands for stronger transatlantic burden sharing.

eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/34226/Permanent%20Structured%20Cooperation%20(PESCO)%20-%20Factsheethttp://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/31511/171113-pesco-notification.pdf,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue89
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: PESCO, EU, US presence in Europe, Europe

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Soros and UNICEF prohibiting boys to be boys and girls to be girls in Georgia

Georgian government passed a decree No 488 on pre –school state standards, according to which children should not be divided as boys and girls. These standards are created by the Georgian Education Ministry and UNICEF and prepared with the support of international organisations World Vision’s Georgia representation, Open – Society Georgia and the US Embassy.

Disproof

No evidence given. UNICEF cannot decide over Georgia's school programme. Read more about what UNICEF workes with in Georgia: www.unicef.org/about/annualreport/files/Georgia_2016_COAR.pdf, . Soros is often blamed for anything in pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets euvsdisinfo.eu/the-all-powerful-mr-soros-2/, .

Sweden under pressure to adopt Islamic national flag

A social media campaign is pressuring Sweden to adopt a Turkish-style flag due to Islam’s rapid growth in the country, the campaign’s hashtag being #ForBetterSweden.

Disproof

There are no plans to change the Swedish flag. In fact, Swedish fact checker initiative Viralgranskaren have found that the false campaign originates from the webforum 4chan, known for its trolling and spreading of disinformation. There is no indication that the campaign would be serious. Rather, the campaign seems to be staged for the purpose of provoking trolls on the 4chan web forum. This has been done, among other things, by tweets under the newly created hash tag #ForBetterSweden, fake propaganda images and altered screenshots from newspapers such as Slate and Buzzfeed. The similar site 8chan has a thread about the project. www.metro.se/artikel/4chan-anv%C3%A4ndare-bakom-falsk-namninsamling-f%C3%B6r-att-%C3%A4ndra-sveriges-flagga,

Europe will annex the Eastern Partnership countries and disintegration of Russia will begin

For Western Europe, the territory to the East is an annex of resources. The Europeans will not tolerate any sovereign state or territorial entity that does not feel itself an attachment to their interests. They declare a zone of their interests – this is a normal strategy – those countries, through which the oil and gas pipelines, that are feeding and supplying Europe, pass today. Now they will annex these countries under false humanitarian values and slogans.Then the disintegration of Russia will begin.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. The EU hasn’t ever had any plan of dismantling Russia or seizing the natural resources or territory of the former USSR. The Treaty on the European Union states that any European country may apply for membership if it respects the democratic values of the EU and is committed to promoting them.

The Eastern Partnership initiative is not an EU accession process. Each country is free to choose the level of ambition and the goals to which it aspires in its relations with the European Union. Further debunking here. Worth mentioning is that the only country seizing territories illegally from an Eastern Partnership country; Ukraine, is Russia eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/22959/The%20EU%20non-recognition%20policy%20for%20Crimea%20and%20Sevastopol:%20Fact%20Sheet, .