Disinfo: EU institutions are a “theater” set up to fulfill the will of Paris and Berlin

Summary

Europe does not exist. Its institutions, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council are not real, they are a dream. They are a theater set up to fulfill the will of Paris and Berlin.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative asserting that EU is merely a tool controlled by Germany and France and that the Berlin-Paris axis dominates other EU members. This message is consistent with the pro-Kremlin propaganda theme about the undemocratic nature of the EU and about the EU having allegedly robbed the sovereignty of EU states.

The EU is a democratic Union of 27 Member States. The unique feature of the EU is that, although the Member States remain sovereign and independent states, they have decided to pool some of their 'sovereignty' in areas where it makes sense to work together. The decision-making structure in the EU is defined by the EU treaties. Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union ensures the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen.

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  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU, Italy, Germany, France
  • Keywords: EU, Sovereignty, Europe
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No evidence of Russian military jets in Libya

The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) says that Russia sent repainted fighter jets to Libya, in order to support military operations conducted there by the Wagner Group. Such claims have nothing to with reality.

Disproof

The deployment of Russian warplanes in Libya has been confirmed by multiple sources. According to Bloomberg news agency, their presence was first reported by Fathi Bashagha, the security chief in Tripoli, who said at least six MiG 29s and two Sukhoi 24s had flown into the east from the Russian-controlled Hmeimim Air Base in Syria, escorted by two Su-35 Russian air force jets. This was later confirmed by satellite images (see here and here), by images of the aircraft taken by the US Air Force, and indirectly by Saqr al-Jaroushi, the head of the air force of Russia’s backed Libyan National Army (LNA), who on May 20 boasted that his forces were about to launch “the largest aerial campaign in Libyan history”.

Further information on the deployment of the aircraft emerged afterwards. This is happening after the Russia-backed LNA was forced to retreat from the airbase of al-Watiyah and Wagner fighters were allegedly expelled from a location in southern Tripoli in the previous days, which points to a Russian escalation in support of LNA through an increase of air power to compensate those losses.

Bellingcat fuels US race riots, attacks RT over satire

Bellingcat, the UK-based enablers of Western narratives in Syria and Ukraine now fueling US race riots, selectively translated a satirical post from Russian social media shared by RT’s editor-in-chief to get her “canceled.”

On Sunday, Margarita Simonyan shared a Telegram post by Dmitry Steshin, a war correspondent for the newspaper KP, which purported to give “advice” to rioters in the US on how to make their uprising more “successful” along the lines of the 2014 US-backed coup in Ukraine.

Given that the post was entirely in Russian, it was obvious that the real objective of Steshin – and Simonyan – was to comment on the Maidan uprising in Kiev and the ensuing war in Ukraine. Not so, declared the self-proclaimed experts on “open-source” intelligence. Bellingcat selectively translated a handful of sentences from Steshin’s post and accused Simonyan of – what else? –  racism.

 

Disproof

Disinformation about the independent investigative journalism site Bellingcat.

Bellingcat is an independent international collective of researchers, investigators and citizen journalists using open source and social media investigation to probe a variety of subjects, including chemical weapon attacks in Syria, Russia's influence operations in Ukraine and elsewhere, the downing of the flight MH17, Salisbury poisoning and others.

Ukraine commits one more crime by not providing water to Crimea

Ukraine is committing one more crime by depriving Crimean residents of the right to drinking water. There is a need for diplomatic negotiations to restore the water supply of Crimea in order to stop this crime being committed.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

Crimea and Sevastopol were illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Under international law, Russia has the duty to provide supplies in those territories.