The EU’s imperialism promotes migration

Summary

Erosion of national states was artificially promoted and accelerated in Europe. Growing migration in the EU is a consequence of its capitalist and imperial integration.

Russophobia as a phenomenon came to existence after the 1917 October revolution, when Russia became Soviet. Its very existence was undermining the foundations of power in the US. Despite this historical stage being over, nowadays Russophobia is continuously applied towards Russians.

Disproof

This article puts forward a mix of conspiracy theories and groundless generalisations, aimed to present the EU in a bad light compared to Russia.

Growing volumes of regular migration in the EU is a result of deliberate economic policies, while an influx of refugees to the EU in the last years resulted largely from wars and violence in a number of distant countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Eritrea.

The article also contains a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about ubiquitous Russophobia in the West, particularly in the US. For background, read our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and look at earlier disinformation cases alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state and that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, West, EU
  • Keywords: migration, Anti-Russian, Imperialism/colonialism, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus @ Gorizont Sobytiy @ 14:15 - 14:50, 47:00 - 48:10
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Carl Bildt: Orthodoxy is the main enemy of the West

[Former] Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who was quite an influential political figure then, stated bluntly that Orthodoxy was the key challenge facing western civilisation, because it regulated family relations and did not recognise the rights of sexual minorities.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about a presumed Carl Bildt statement on orthodoxy.

The fake quote first emerged in 2014, when the Metropolitan of Montenegro, Amfilohije Radović, while addressing a religious ceremony, attributed the following words to Carl Bildt: “The biggest mistake of Putin was his return to Orthodoxy, which is worse than Islamic terrorism." On May 14, 2014, Carl Bildt tweeted, stating that the quote attributed to him was “a complete fake, propaganda from somewhere.”

British warship Richmond threatened Russian navy

In 2017, the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov was on its way to Syria accompanied by battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy. During this trip, British warship HMS Richmond openly and impudently tried to take a place in the column of Russian aircraft carriers driven by its “banal curiosity.” Ultimately, the Russian warship crossed Richmond’s route, prompting the British warship to retreat. This is yet another example of “Battle of Russian and NATO Navies.”

Disproof

This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO countries' aggression towards Russia.

The footage is from 2017, revived by News Front Georgia to portray the advantage of Russia's navy over that of NATO countries'.

Russia is a peaceful country that returned captured warships to Ukraine

Russia returned Ukrainian warships captured off the coast of Crimea. This was done in order to show that Russia is a peaceful country that is against violence in relations with Ukraine. This is exclusively a gesture of the Kremlin’s goodwill towards Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Russia is a peaceful country and that there is a civil war in Ukraine, which Moscow has nothing to do with.

This is not Russia's goodwill in action, it is part of the peace process to resolve the situation in Ukraine, which became possible after Ukraine consented to the withdrawal of troops in the Donbas. Russia was under international pressured to return the ships to Ukraine, including from the EU. At a meeting in Hamburg on 25 May 2019, the United Nations International Court of the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to immediately release 24 captured Ukrainian sailors, as well as return the Berdyansk, Nikopol, and Yany-Kapu warships to Ukraine. The court agreed with the position of Ukraine that the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait in November 2018 was a security operation to patrol the borders.