Some countries in the EU vote like sheep

Summary

Some countries like Croatia, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Hungary speak out against sanctions. However, they go to these European Union meetings and vote for the sanctions like sheep.

Disproof

No evidence given. This message is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the undemocratic EU.

The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders. Directly elected MEPs represent European citizens in the European Parliament. The interests of the EU as a whole are promoted by the European Commission, whose members are appointed by national governments. Governments defend their own country's national interests in the Council of the European Union. Read more about the EU decision making process here. In addition, operating on the basis of mutual agreement and cooperation, the EU respects the will of its members to opt-out from certain policies.

The EU is based on the equal rights of all its members. Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union ensures the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the possibilities available at national, regional or local level. It is the principle whereby the EU does not take action (except in the areas that fall within its exclusive competence) unless it is more effective than action taken at the national, regional or local level.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Czech Republic, EU
  • Keywords: European Council, Democracy, Sanctions, Europe
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1, time 36:06 - 36:19
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Ukraine does not want to negotiate the end of the war in Donbas

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Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

In his inauguration speech, President Zelenskyy mentioned that he is ready to conduct negotiations to stop the war in Donbas. During his recent press conference with the President of France, President Zelenskyy mentioned that Ukraine adheres to diplomatic measures as the only way to resolve the war in Donbas.

War-inclined Western states constantly seek new countries to meddle in

Belarus does not want to be at the front line and tries to avoid a bloc confrontation. For this reason, Belarusian diplomats come up with peace proposals. It remains to be seen if Western countries will hear them and want to reach an agreement. Neither Belarus nor Russia are interested in confrontations, whereas, in Western countries, many influential actors are pro-military.

They constantly seek a stage for their military activities, be it North Korea, Venezuela, or Iran. They wish to reset their economic problems and to create chaos somewhere else. Another strategy of the West is to keep a foreign society in a state of nihilism and apathy and wait until societal stagnation decomposes that society.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with repetitive pro-Kremlin narratives about Western anti-Belarus and anti-Russian activities, and generally about Western belligerence.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that global actors stage colour revolutions and conquer national elites and that the Union state between Belarus and Russia will prevent their colonisation by the West.