Disinfo: Estonia and Lithuania seek to improve relations with Russia without preconditions

Summary

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, and the Foreign Minister of Estonia Sven Mikser have both stated that they are seeking to improve relations with Russia, as is the European Union. Grybauskaite had no preconditions for cooperation with Russia.

Disproof

Both politicians' statements were distorted. President Grybauskaite emphasized in the interview that "the abandonment of the occupied territories, less aggression, lack of interest in manifesting power ... .., influence on elections in our countries ... will make possible cooperation with all our neighbours". The Foreign Minister stated in the cited interview that: "Both Estonia and the EU as a whole are interested in good relations with Russia. To improve relations, it is necessary to restore the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We can not be blind to the fact that Russia in the most serious manner violates international law in Ukraine. No democratic state is ready to recognize in the 21st century the change of borders by armed means. " Read the full debunk at Stopfake.org www.stopfake.org/fejk-evrosoyuz-stremitsya-uluchshit-otnosheniya-s-rossiej-lyuboj-tsenoj/, .

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  • Reported in: Issue 93
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/12/2017
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Estonia, Russia
  • Keywords: Cold War, European Union
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Ukrainians are deported from the EU in masses, and these figures have only been growing since the launch of the visa-free regime.

Disproof

The figures presented in the disinforming article do not provide any evidence to the claim about mass deportation. The numbers in the article refer to a period from April to June in 2017, when visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens entered into force on 11 June 2017. The disinforming outlet Ria Novosti refers to "international media", when in fact the source is Rossiiskie Vesti, another outlet frequently spreading disinformation. It also refers to the data of the EU agency Frontex. According to the latest available data from June-October 2017, there were no fundamental changes in the amount of illegal border crossings between Ukraine and the EU. frontex.europa.eu/trends-and-routes/migratory-routes-map/, Further debunking at Stopfake.org www.stopfake.org/fejk-grazhdan-ukrainy-massovo-deportiruyut-iz-es-i-izrailya/, .

Disinfo: Danish zoo collecting people's unwanted house pets as feed for carnivores

Denmark, which has previously sparked controversy with its unorthodox ways of slaughtering animals deemed unfit for breeding and dissecting them in front of the public, has taken things to a whole new level by collecting people’s unwanted house pets as feed for carnivores.For those willing to do away with their pet, hungry predators at the Copenhagen Zoo and Givskud Zoo are more than ready to take over. Both zoos are eagerly accepting pet animals as feed for carnivores like lions, tigers, wolves and Tasmanian devils.

Disproof

According to the Givskud Zoo mentioned in the article, you can’t just drop off animals. All donations requires prior agreement and must be approved by the vet. The practice is not a way for people to get rid of unwanted pets. The zoo does not accept more animals than needed, only rodents are accepted. Initially, RT also reported about this, but later added a disclaimer from the two zoo's implicated in the article www.rt.com/news/414309-denmark-zoos-dont-feed-pets-lions/, .

Disinfo: The European Commission accuses Ukraine of flooding the EU with heroin

The European Commission has published a document in which it accuses Ukraine of flooding the EU with heroin.

Disproof

Zvezda TV, owned by Russia’s Ministry of Defence, is well known to spread disinformation https://euvsdisinfo.eu/dependent-media-russias-military-tv-zvezda/. The document in question is the European Commission’s first report to the European Parliament and the EU Council on EU visa liberalization pertaining to the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/sites/homeaffairs/files/what-is-new/news/20171220_first_report_under_suspension_mechanism_en.pdf, . The report concerns three former Soviet republics, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine, all of whom have a visa free arrangement with the European Union. As regards Ukraine, the report states that Ukraine is “a transit country for various illicit commodities trafficked to the EU”. Nowhere in the report is Ukraine accused of flooding EU countries with heroin nor does the report allege that crime has increased since Ukraine entered into a visa free regime with the EU.