The EU supplied Syrian terrorists with weapons

Summary

European-made radio-electronic tools and weapons were found in the possession of terrorists in Syria, and it seems like the EU gave adequate supplies to them. The United States tried to create a pro-ISIS opposition to hinder the peace process in Syria.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Daesh&disinfo_issue=&date=. Read, more about how the EU counters Daesh eeas.europa.eu/sites/eeas/files/factsheet_-_eu_actions_to_counter_daesh.pdf. , Furthermore, a recent report by the Conflict Armament Research has found that up to 90 per cent of weapons seized from ISIS in Iraq and Syria originated from China, Russia and Eastern Europe http://www.conflictarm.com/publications/. US arms accounted for just 1.8 per cent of items recovered between 2014 and 2017 while 43.5 per cent of weapons originated in China, according to analysts. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5228199/Analysis-shows-origins-ISIS-weapons-came-from.html  The US is fighting against Daesh together with the Global Coalition against Daesh http://theglobalcoalition.org/en/home/. The US MoD outlines the latest progress on their website https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1322158/strikes-continue-in-effort-to-defeat-isis-in-syria-iraq/.

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  • Reported in: Issue 96
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Hungarian
  • Country: EU, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Syrian War, Terrorism, Daesh
  • Outlet: Hídfő
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Disproof

The article is misleading and one-sided and does not question Russian military’s role in Crimea. It fails to explain that Russia is supporting the separatists in the war in Ukraine. The only context it gives is a sentence "Crimea, seen as a geopolitical stronghold for Moscow, was annexed from Ukraine in 2014 — prompting the European Union and US to impose sanctions against Russia over the "illegal" move."

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. Lithuania and Latvia were among Europe's 10 fastest growing economies in 2016, according to World Economic Forum.

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Lithuania introduces unilateral tariffs on railway cargo

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Disproof

No evidence given. According to Lithuanian authorities, all transit tariffs are decided in negotiations between two business entities  - national or regional railways of Lithuania and Russia. Lithuania has never imposed any tariffs unilaterally. According to official sources, the transit flows are growing. The reason for redirecting the cargo to sea-ports must be other than excessive tariffs.