The EU does not accept Ukraine and is not even allowing its products into its markets

Summary

They call and promise (to join the European Union), but in fact they do not even expand relations in matters of duty-free trade. There are quotas for Ukraine’s account, which end from time to time … Europe could help Ukraine economically, just allow them to enter its market. But it doesn’t. Europe hides behind a mythical position of agricultural standards.

Disproof

Another recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations.

The total trade turnout increased to 50 billon USD in 2018. During 2015-2018, Ukraine also increased its exports to the EU from 13 billon USD to 23 billion USD. Overall, in 2018, Ukrainian exports to the EU increased by 13.1%. Now, the EU accounts for almost half of Ukrainian exports.

See here for further information about the DCFTA and the cooperation between the EU and Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, economy, Europe
  • Outlet: Evrozona @ Vesti FM (37:20 - 38:00)
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Ukraine would apply to join the United States

If they (Ukrainians – ed.) decide to join the United States, there is no one to convince them otherwise. They will gladly switch to English language… You say, why wouldn’t they do it in another place? Ukrainians are such outsiders. They were exhausted with the Poles, then with the Russians, then with the Hungarians, then with the Romanians, then with the Austrians.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. The US is not controlling Ukraine, and Ukraine has no plans to join the US. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but is violated by Russia. The relations between the US and Ukraine represent bilateral cooperation between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. U.S. policy is centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

Zelenskyy stands for sanctions because it is a US initiative

Rightly, they claim why Zelenskyy stands for sanctions. Of course, he will advocate sanctions. After all, sanctions are an initiative of the American Congress and the Senate. How can the President of Ukraine say no, when the American Congress, the European community speak of sanctions?

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's alleged dependence on its Western partners. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is seen by the West as an anti-Russian project.

Ukraine's current foreign policy towards Russia is not a result of western anti-Russian strategy but of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, including its annexation of Crimea and the Russian military presence in Donbas.

The West chose Russia as its main opponent after the collapse of the USSR

The West chose Russia as its main opponent after the collapse of the USSR.

The West today is divided on all major issues, and the only basis for unification is the anti-Russian issue. After the collapse of the USSR, suddenly the West no longer had a main opponent and chose Russia for this role. This is a pretext for them to maintain their military presence in different regions and to justify the network of their military bases.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and about Western belligerence towards Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications and cooperation with Russia. For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest." No other country outside the alliance has such a privileged relationship with NATO.