Disinfo: The European Union has become a real “meat grinder”, which “grinds” small countries

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The EU has become a real “meat grinder”, which “grinds” small countries. The EU has turned the Baltic states, Bulgaria and Romania into a “market for the empire.” And local production was destroyed under the pretext of “inconsistency with European standards.”

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Romania, Bulgaria, Baltic states
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, EU disintegration
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The US and some Western countries do not allow European countries to request Russian aid

The US and some Western countries push their geopolitical interests even during the coronavirus crisis, and do not allow European countries, even NATO partners, to contact Russia for aid and assistance.

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Disinformation narrative claiming that Moscow is ready to provide disinterested help to  European countries affected by coronavirus but “superior friends” (US, NATO, EU) did not allow Russia to do so.

The Italian experience proves that this is not true.

US’ media keep silence on Biden’s accusations of sexual harassment

Joe Biden, who plans to compete for the post of head of state on a Democratic Party ticket, was accused of sexual harassment. But what is curious: the press and the public, who usually relish such stories in detail, are now simply keeping silent.The largest television channels ignored the story. Nobody even asks Joe Biden about accusations of harassment. It is worth noting that the most influential US media support the Democrats. It turns out that when the presidency and the interests of his candidate are at stake, the harassment and rights of women journalists are not so worrying.

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The statement is untrue. Russia's Channel 1 (Pervyi Kanal) released its report on Biden on April 29th. On April 27th, CNN's editor urged Joe Biden to address the accusations. On May 2nd, Joe Biden sent a letter to the secretary of the Senate requesting the release of any documents related to a sexual assault allegation made by onetime staffer Tara Reade, as reported by CNN. The New York Times, was one of the first outlets in the US to report on the allegations on April 12th, even interviewing Tara Read who accused Biden of sexual harassment. The Washington Post published its own investigation.

See other disinformation cases on Joe Biden and their debunking.

The Skripal affair was forgotten because after two years no essential evidence was found

The Czech Republic accused Russia of attempting to poison officials who demolished the Marshal Konev monument. These accusations remind us of the Skripal affair which everyone forgot because no essential evidence was ever found.

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A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions by presenting it as a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" provocations. In fact, incidents such as the Skripal case and the downing of MH17 are well-documented cases of acts of Kremlin-enabled violence outside Russia.

Although the entirety of evidence against Russia in the Skripal case has not been made public, the evidence in the public domain is very significant and leaves no room for doubt. Two operatives of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (known as its former Russian acronym GRU) have been identified by UK Police Authorities as the chief suspects. Their identities have been further studied by investigastion network Bellingcat: Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin.