Disinfo: The Association Agreement with Georgia benefits only the EU

Summary

The only benefit of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia is visa liberalization. However, it is beneficial only to Europe, as Georgian tourists represent an additional source of income.

Disproof

The claim is ungrounded. Since Georgia signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, its export to the EU countries increased by USD 599.7 million. The EU allocated EUR 179.5 million for improving the agricultural sector in the 2013-2022 period. Since 2014, 3,607 Georgian students received education in European higher education institutions through the EU funding. Further debunking by Mythdetector. For more information about the Association Agreement, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 131
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2018
  • Language/target audience:
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: European Union, Visa liberalisation
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Britain is deciding to be involved in preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine

There is a British-backed war in Ukraine. By sending war-ships Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia in Ukraine.

Disproof

The disinformation message was framed as a leading question at the the beginning of the interview: "why do you think Britain is deciding to be involved in perhaps preparation for war with Russia [...]"? . Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about war in Ukraine and Western aggression. Britain is not preparing for war with Russia but demonstrating support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. On November 21st, 2018, the Defence Secretary of the UK announced that HMS Echo would deploy to the Black Sea in 2019 to demonstrate the UK’s support to ensuring freedom of navigation in the region.

There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine

There was a NATO-backed coup in Ukraine.

Disproof

The disinformation message was framed as a leading question during an interview: "Is Russia playing this as badly as they did when there was a NATO-backed coup?" It reinforces pro-Kremlin narrative about Euromaidan.

For background: There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but 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 http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

Ukraine is using drones with improvised chemical balls that create Napalm on impact

Ukraine is increasing its usage of drones for combat, attaching grenades, mortars and even little chemical balls. On impact the chemicals combine and it creates something like Napalm.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about supposed chemical provocations in Donbas. The author claims that about 10 days ago (counting from the 5th of December, 2018) an improvised fire-ball was dropped from Ukrainian drone on a house in a suburb of Donetsk. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission has not reported use of chemical agents or drones in any of its recent reports (20 November, 2018 - 5 December, 2018).