Disinfo: The Eastern Partnership project was originally designed as a geopolitical trap

Summary

The Eastern Partnership project itself does not imply the development of a successful state, because it was originally designed as a geopolitical trap.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Eastern Partnership.

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The Eastern Partnership initiative is not a geopolitical trap. The Eastern Partnership (EaP) was established as a specific Eastern dimension of the European Neighborhood Policy, which contains both a bilateral and multilateral track.

Read more on the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative.

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, EU, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Eastern Europe, Eastern Partnership
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