Disinfo: The Bundestag called for lifting Russian sanctions to combat COVID-19

Summary

Germany called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It was noted that in difficult times, countries should help each other, and the current crisis will hurt the economy of the entire European Union. Removing restrictions from the Russian Federation could stimulate the growth of trade in the EU.

Disproof

The recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that sanctions against Russia are senseless and ineffective. It's also one of the narratives about COVID-19. Claim refers to positions of two members of Bundestag, presented as the position of the whole German parliament. There are no plans to lift the sanctions against the Russian Federation in the near future. There were no official statements from Germany or the EU official structures that sanctions will be lifted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Further debunking by StopFake. Read similar cases on Western sanctions alleging that the EU suffers from its own sanctions more than Russia, EU sanctions against Russia are not democratic and that European Council sanctions are irrational and unjustified.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Sanctions
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Disproof

The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious challenge to many countries, but there is no foundation for the claim that it will lead to a new world order. See more examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the coronavirus.

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Disproof

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