Starting from 2014, the EU has committed many economic mistakes leading to the energy crisis. Russia did not voluntarily close the transit routes, blew up the Nord Stream pipelines and initiated a withdrawal from energy cooperation. The German coalition government and its predecessors caused a deepening energy crisis, large-scale gas supply disruptions and increasing inflation. The EU has made many other economic mistakes since 2014, such as increasing inflation by printing the euro and depriving itself of cheap Russian energy.
Europe is a political hostage of the US State Department, suffering from problems with the economy, energy, inflation and refugees. Europe believes the US lies of the purity of Ukrainian intentions and the perfidy of the Russians. Because of that, the EU has become a kind of Russophobic coalition. Europe is supporting and arming the neo-Nazi regime from Kyiv, with Washington's help and at the expense of European solidarity. This is fascism in its purest form.
This claim is aimed at discrediting the EU/West as a whole in light of Russia's unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about alleged Western aggressiveness towards Russia and its anti-Russian activities. Read our analysis Key Narratives In Pro-Kremlin Disinformation - Nazis.
It also perpetuates substantiated pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged lost sovereignty of the EU and its member states (more examples). Pro-Kremlin outlets often portray European states as vassals, puppet states or colonies of the US and NATO.
The European Union was set up with the aim of ending the frequent and bloody wars between neighbours, which culminated in the Second World War. In 2012, the EU was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advancing the causes of peace, reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.
Furthermore, the myth of 'Nazi-ruled Ukraine' has been a cornerstone of Russian disinformation about the country since the very beginning of the 2013-14 Euromaidan protests, when it was used to discredit the pro-European popular uprising in Kyiv and, subsequently, the broader pro-Western shift in Ukraine's foreign policy. Now it is used to justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine (see our infographic).
See earlier disinformation cases claiming that Josep Borrell discredited himself calling Russia a fascist state, he is a latent fascist himself; EU’s fascist sanctions against Russia prove European countries are no longer democratic; the EU is Hitler's 'New Europe', that the European Union justifies Nazism, that the the EU is a Nazi project, that the European Union has Nazi Roots and that the the EU continues the aggressive policies of Nazi.