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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: World War 2, Russophobia, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Iarex.ru
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The interventions of the US, the EU and NATO resulted in civil war in Ukraine and Russia played no role in this

The US, the EU and NATO intervened in Ukraine, which resulted in civil war. Russia had nothing to do with it.
“Since the interference and subversion of the USA, the EU and NATO, a precarious civil war takes place in the country which, at the same time, is the driving force of an impending war against Russia… The ‘Ukrainian democracy movement’, the “Maidan”, was a chimera, an invention cooked up in the poisonous kitchens of the Western secret services”.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine and Ukraine's statehood.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that "the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation". This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian government.

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).

Eastern Europe is left behind as the rich Europeans unite

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.