Disinfo: The EU is encircling Russia and creating additional conflict zones


The EU is participating in the US strategies to “encircling the perimeter of our country and creating additional conflict zones (34:15′). Western countries are aiming to “destroy modern Russia” (35:00′).

Western nations contribute to a spread of terrorist groups in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, who seek to target Russia (37:50).


No evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about West encircling Russia.

In fact, the EU's engagement in the Central Asia region has significantly expanded since the early 1990s. Both regions share a common goal of achieving stability and prosperity through peaceful means.


  • Reported in: Issue 127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: EU, Central Asia, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia, The West


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EU plans to turn Ukraine into a new Afghanistan

The EU strategy is to turn Ukraine into what Afghanistan was for the USSR.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine's relations with its western partners.

The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all its citizens. The EU is unwavering in its support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty and sees the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for a sustainable, political solution to the conflict in the east of the country.

The invasion by Ukrainian vessels is a ghastly provocation

The invasion by Ukrainian vessels is a ghastly provocation. — Maybe Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko deliberately sent his marines to be taken captive or to die.



No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Russia does not shirk international law

“Unlike Ukraine, we don’t drag our military into adventures and do not shirk international law. And if Ukraine indicated its position, pushing it into international waters, then it shouldn’t make loud statements about ‘ramming, attacks, provocations.’ Moreover, our vessels have moved far ahead in their technological development, we do not use ramming as a tactic.”



It was Russia’s 2014 military adventure in Crimea that made it possible for Russia to exert more control over the Kerch Strait. Additionally, Russia continues to occupy part of Ukraine’s Donbas region militarily, and that conflict still claims the lives of soldiers on both sides, sometimes daily. However, Russia released a video apparently taken from the bridge of one of the Russian Coast Guard vessels. It clearly shows that the Russian ship did not change course as it bears down on the Ukrainian tugboat, apparently deliberately ramming the tugboat. Later, Ukraine’s General Staff released what it said were radio intercepts from the Russian Coast Guard vessels, which if authentic, shows that the Russians deliberately attacked the Ukrainian vessels. Debunking by Polygraph.