Disinfo: The Baltic countries are driving the EU’s EaP policies with one single aim – to weaken Moscow

Summary

The Baltic countries are driving the EU’s Eastern Partnership policies with one single aim – to weaken Moscow

Disproof

No evidence given. In fact, the Eastern Partnership initiative is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU, if they so choose. The EU does not demand that any of its partners need to make a choice between the EU or any other countries. We stand for good neighbourly relations. The Eastern Partnership respects the individual aspirations and ambition of each partner country eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/35712/myths-about-eastern-partnership-factsheet_en, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 95
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership, Anti-Russian

Disclaimer

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The majority of Kyiv residents are against banning Russian social media sites and Russian films. According to a poll carried out for the Ukrainian Obozrevatel internet newspaper, the majority of Kyiv residents want the Russian social media network VKontakte back.

Disproof

The poll cited was not about Russian social networks or Russian films, but rather about Kyiv residents’ attitudes to Ukrainian sanctions against Russia.

Obozrevatel’s original story states that a small majority of Kyiv residents do not support Ukraine’s sanctions against Russia, there is no mention of support for any particular social media site. The poll was conducted by a group called Ukrainian Democratic Circle, who have done previous polls for Obozrevatel. This particular group however is not certified by the Ukrainian Sociological Association, who omitted it from their 2014 list of trusted sources.