Disinfo: The EU is not helping, but you should not ask for Russian help

Summary

Brussels wanted to convince the Western Balkans that it is not “right” to ask for Russian help. The EU organised a summit to convince the Balkan states that aid from Russia and China is not about helping them; instead, it is aimed at “strengthening their positions on the continent.” When Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia asked for EU help to combat the crisis, Brussels did not do anything, but now the EU demanded that they take part in a video conference.

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The claims made in this article are broadly similar to recurring narratives about the EU's complete failure to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

The EU is providing an EUR 3.3. billion package for the Western Balkans, including financial help to their healthcare sectors and exclusive access to EU instruments and medical equipment.

According to the conclusions of the 6 May EU-Western Balkans summit, the participating states should work on fully aligning themselves with EU foreign policy solutions, notably on issues where "major common interests are at stake.

The document does not mention Moscow and Beijing, and EU foreign policy is not against accepting medical assistance from Russia or China - as several EU members have accepted such help.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: EU, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia
  • Keywords: Western Balkans, EU/NATO enlargement

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