Disinfo: The Baltic States may not survive the economic shock of COVID-19 pandemic

Summary

According to the European experts, the Baltic States will face the hardest economic blow since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The peripheral regions of the EU, including the Baltic States will be the most affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The crisis caused by the coronavirus completely erases the whole post-Soviet development model of the Baltic States. The economic shock will be so severe that the Baltic States may not survive it.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the imminent collapse of the Baltic States. 

The disinformation article misrepresents findings of the economic forecast for the Eastern Europe by the Vienna Institute for the International Economical Studies.  Although the forecast projects worst year since the global financial crisis for the Central, East and South East Europe, it also states that: "in all scenarios, the CIS countries and Turkey would be worst affected, with the EU member states and some Western Balkan countries faring relatively better".

There is no basis whatsoever to claim that the expected economic downturn in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic will bring the collapse of the Baltic States. According to the Institute: " On aggregate, in the [most likely] ‘severe’ scenario growth in CESEE would be 1.1% this year, making it the worst 12 months for the region since the global financial crisis.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Baltic states
  • Keywords: Economic difficulties, Baltic states
  • Outlet: RuBaltic.ru
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