Disinfo: Süddeutsche Zeitung - an instrument of London and Washington for sowing hatred towards Russia

Summary

As the European elections are approaching, the Anglo-Saxons are desperate to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, and curb the success of the European parties that are opposing the sanctions again Russia. An article in the German Daily Süddeutsche Zeitung is an example of these attempts. At the 75th anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad, the paper published a russophobic attack on the commemoration of the victims. Attacking the memory of the Russian people’s heroism in the fight against Nazism is done to drive a wedge between Moscow and Berlin.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence. The original article raises the question whether it is appropriate to memorialise the tragedy - "A monstrous crime by the Wehrmach", "A genocide" - with military parades instead of solemn remembrance. The siege of Leningrad was never memorialised in this way before; the parade is a first of its kind on this day. Russian pro-Kremlin media have also published texts, voicing criticism about the military parade.

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  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Germany
  • Keywords: World War 2, Conspiracy theory, Russophobia
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The Aachen agreement between Germany and France creates a high-speed Europe relying on French nuclear weapons and German industry. Eastern Europe will be hopelessly outside this Brave New World, created by the rich Europeans.

Disproof

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, stated at a speech on the occasion of the signing of the Aachen agreement, that the agreement is strengthening European integration According to the Financial Times, rather than an inevitable march towards a Franco-German superstate, diplomats say the treaty is like its predecessors: a way to avoid outright economic and diplomatic competition between the EU’s strongest continental powers and keep some focus on shared projects.

EU grants and loans to Georgia are for resettling migrants rather than infrastructure development

The money which Georgia loaned from Germany after Chancellor Merkel’s visit on the 22nd August 2018 is likely not to be intended for infrastructure projects, as the two sides declared, but rather for the resettlement of migrants in Georgia. The EUR 3.4 billion, which the EU recently allocated to Georgia, will probably also be spent on creating good living conditions for migrants in Georgia.

Disproof

The EU, and Germany in particular, demanding resettlement of migrants to Georgia is a recurring pro-Russian narrative (see earlier EU vs Disinfo cases here and here and Mythdector reports here and here). The only migrants German Chancellor Merkel discussed during her visit to Tbilisi were Georgians seeking asylum in Germany. The development cooperation deals totalling more than EUR 193 million included drinking water, waste water, and natural gas storage facility projects (see earlier EU vs Disinfo cases here and here and a Deutsche Welle report on the visit here). As for the recently allocated EUR 3.4 billion, it was committed under the Indicative Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Investment Action Plan, designed by the EU in cooperation with the World Bank and six Eastern Partnership (EaP) member states in line with the EaP initiative’s goal of delivering tangible results for citizens across the region. The Action Plan has nothing to do with migration-related issues and seeks to bolster economic growth in the EaP region by enhancing transport infrastructure.

Britan is under the thumb of the United States

Bank of England refused to give Nicolas Maduro 1,1 billion in gold and thus Britain and its central bank have shown themselves to be under the thumb of the United States.

Disproof

Recurring disinfo narrative about the US orchestrating different international events. For example, according to pro-Kremlin media, the thumb of the US is so large that it covers German foreign policy, German media, European Parliament and Russia's accordance with the INF Treaty. According to Sir Alan Duncan, minister of the Americas, the refusal to give gold to Maduro was a decision for the Bank to make: "The Bank of England holds a significant amount of Venezuela's gold. This is a decision for the Bank of England, not the government," he said. "No doubt they will take into account when they do the fact that a large number of countries across the world are now questioning the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro and recognising that of Juan Guaido."