Disinfo: EU is supposed to mean solidarity but in practice, it fails 

Summary

The European Union is based on solidarity. We are being told this story at every European election.

However, when the coronavirus crisis emerged there was no solidarity. Italy was not helped by the EU. It was helped by China, by Russia and by Cuba and unfortunately, not at all by the European Union. They feel abandoned.

Disproof

The COVID-19 outbreak constituted a serious challenge on Europe's readiness for a crisis. But the claim that "EU has done nothing" is false.

The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, as well as to help Italy provide the necessary medical treatment to those infected.

On the 13th of March, the EU proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging EUR 835 million for Italy. On the 26th of March 26, the European Parliament unanimously approved the initiative.

The European Central Bank announced a 750 billion euro ($820 billion) asset purchase program in an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll in Europe continues to rise. As part of the program, investors will purchase Italian securities to help the country counter the serious risks of the coronavirus.

Individual EU members have also provided assistance to Italy specifically, including access to a hundred intensive care beds (Austria and Germany), 500 mobile medical units (Greece), 2.5 million masks (Austria and France), 30,000 protective suits (Czech Republic and France), 300 ventilators (Germany), as well as 50 medicalpersonnel (Poland, Romania, and non-member Norway).

On the 26th of April Economy Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said that a recovery fund to help EU countries weather the coronavirus’ economic impact should be worth €1.5 trillion and be available by mid-September.

Read similar cases claiming that Italy is alone defending itself from coronavirus, without any help from hypocritical EU and that the EU left Italy face to face with an invisible and terrible enemy.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: China, Cuba, Italy, Russia
  • Keywords: European Union
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The US and EU provided modest assistance to Italy, contrary to Russia

Russian military doctors have provided Italy with effective assistance in the fight against coronavirus. This was expected to excite Moscow’s “partners” from NATO structures, because the assistance rendered to Rome by the United States or Europe seemed, to put it mildly, modest.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the EU left Italy alone to fight coronavirus. The COVID-19 outbreak constituted a serious challenge on Europe's readiness for a crisis and was politically exploited by anti-EU forces, including official Russian media.

The European Central Bank announced a €750 billion ($820 billion) asset purchase programme in an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, as the death toll in Europe continued to rise. As part of the programme, investors will purchase Italian securities to help the country counter the serious risks of the coronavirus.

US is rewriting the history of victory in WWII

On the 75th anniversary of the victory, the State Department is making another cynical attempt to rewrite history. America is trying to deny the decisive contribution of the Soviet people in the victory over Nazism.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on WWII and the West.

The accusation against the US came amid the 75th anniversary of Victory Day after the US Embassy in Hungary announced a competition for "proposals for programmes that foster truthful recognition and remembrance of the tragedies of the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the long road to freedom that followed." What angered pro-Kremlin media is that, amongst others, the proposals should "focus on individual experiences and oral histories... under the tyranny of the Soviet Union".

The MH17 crash was triggered by an explosion on board

Neither the “Buk” air defence system nor the militia or Russia are linked to the plane crash. The crash was triggered by an explosion on board.

[…] the fragments of the plane began to fall apart even before the time when an alleged rocket hit the plane. This confirms the version that there was an explosion on board, showing the bias of the Dutch investigators.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the MH17 crash, aiming to undermine the Joint International Investigation and subsequent criminal trial.

A special team, known as the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), was established to conduct the criminal investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The team comprises officials from the Dutch Public Prosecution Service and the Dutch police, along with police and criminal justice authorities from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.