Disinfo: The coronavirus puts EU’s existence into question

Summary

Europe has turned into the main source of coronavirus. China has mostly managed the outbreak, while Russia and other post-Soviet countries successfully combat coronavirus. The EU bodies look absolutely pathetic and helpless. The emergency situation revealed a horribly low level of management and responsibility of the EU establishment. Coronavirus epidemics puts forward the question point-blank: given that the EU is clearly incapable to address the modern challenges, will it continue to exist?

The XXI century events repeatedly demonstrated that the EU cannot be a meaningful global actor as it cannot adequately react to geopolitical and military challenges. A phenomenal carelessness of EU politicians about coronavirus infection has just proven this. Coronavirus crisis demonstrated that the EU is just ceasing to exist in the new reality.

Disproof

This message exaggerates the inefficient governance in the EU, without providing any facts to these claims. The message is generally consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about EU's and other Western states and organizations imminent collapse. Read our past analysis 5 Common Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives to learn more about this and the other most frequent propagandistic narratives.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Italy, Spain, Portugal, and possibly even France are in line to exit the EU, that a number of EU countries teeter on the brink of default, and that the EU is rotten and countries are leaving it.

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  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, European Union
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A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative invoking "Russophobia", which is used to attempt to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions as merely being a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" attitudes.

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Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. It comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world, with cases being reported in 150 countries, territories and areas by 16th of March 2020.

Ukraine recognised the Russian status of Crimea and the independence of LDNR

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Part of the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Crimea is Russian territory.

Since March 1 2020, Ukraine indeed has introduced new rules for crossing the border with Russia. According to innovations, citizens of Ukraine can cross the border with Russia only with a biometric passport for travelling abroad. Before, Ukrainians used to travel to Russia with an internal passport.