Disinfo: If the country refuses to join the EU, it is punished with a Maidan

Summary

For joining the EU, a country should pay several tens of billions of euros. For leaving the EU, the country should double the entrance fee as in the case of UK. If the country refuses to join the EU, it is punished with a Maidan like in the case Yanukovych. If the country does not want to pay, it receives a default like Greece. If you do not accept refugees, you receive sanctions like Poland and Hungary, while if you do not accept gays and do not conduct gay parades, you get fines like Cyprus.

Disproof

No evidence given. Before entering the EU, each country chooses to agree or not with complying with EU's conditions for membership. Countries wishing to join need to have: stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities; a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competition and market forces in the EU; the ability to take on and implement effectively the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union. ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/policy/conditions-membership_en, The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not EU's punishment to Ukraine, nor were they provoked from outside. They were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence bit.ly/2ftv6iT, .

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  • Reported in: Issue 79
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/09/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Greece, Cyprus, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine
  • Keywords: European Union, EU/NATO enlargement, Euromaidan
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Ukraine is a neo-Nazi state

The West has created a monster in Ukraine, which is now a neo-Nazi state. The West knows this and is scared of Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The total number of members of radical groups, e.g. the "Right Sector", never amounted to more than a few hundred to a maximum of a thousand people. The vast majority of the protesters (up to two million at one time nationwide) consisted of peaceful Ukrainian citizens bit.ly/1Tl9X7W, . The EU strongly supported holding open, free and democratic Presidential and parliamentary elections in May and October 2014 and called on all parties to join in this support, to help overcome the crisis and allow the Ukrainian people to choose their own future. The 2014 presidential election in Ukraine was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and respecting fundamental freedoms, despite the hostile security environment in two eastern regions of the country. According to the OSCE (of which Russia is a participating State) "the people of Ukraine had the opportunity to genuinely express their will at the ballot box" bit.ly/1hqcDuR, . Similarly, Ukraine’s local elections in October 2015 were competitive and generally showed respect for the democratic process bit.ly/1VUL9V5, .

Results of the Association Agreement in Moldova: People have become much poorer and the social genocide continues

After three years of implementation of the Association Agreement with the European Union, the Moldovan people have become much poorer and social genocide continues. After three-year implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, the worst fears about the consequences of signing this document were justified.

Disproof

The EU is the most important trading partner for the Republic of Moldova, and the largest donor. eeas.europa.eu/delegations/moldova/1538/republic-moldova-and-eu_en, The trade performance of the Republic of Moldova during the first two years of DCFTA implementation was negatively affected by several factors (with no relation to the Association Agreement signed with EU): continuous political instability in the Republic of Moldova, less favourable national/regional economic situation (banking crisis, theft of the billion, MDL devaluation, US dollar appreciation, unfavourable climatic conditions, decrease in the international prices for some products), regional geopolitical tensions (the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine). www.expert-grup.org/en/biblioteca/item/1409-evolutia-fluxurilor-comerciale-rm-ue-dupa-2-ani-de-implementare-a-zlsac/1409-evolutia-fluxurilor-comerciale-rm-ue-dupa-2-ani-de-implementare-a-zlsac,

US openly instructs Moldovan democrats what to do with Russian-language media in Moldova

US openly instructs Moldovan democrats what to do with Russian-language media in Moldova. The Democrat deputy Sergei Sirbu received a letter from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) where the US agency expressed its concern about the fact that the expansion of information in Moldova from Russian media is dangerous to Moldovan citizens.

Disproof

Sergey Sirbu says he hasn’t received such letter and USAID Moldova stated that the letter is fake. The letter was spread on social media and it contains stylistic mistakes and punctuation errors. www.facebook.com/USAIDMoldova/posts/1701016686576386, Further debunking: api.md/news/view/ro-fals-usaid-i-a-expediat-o-scrisoare-deputatului-democrat-serghei-sirbu-1646,