The EU’s sovereignty in military and political spheres is undermined by the US

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe
  • Outlet: Gorizont Sobytiy @ Sputnik Belarus time 13:26 – 13:41
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Moldova under Plahotniuc is worse than a failed state

Moldova is crumbling in front of our eyes. This is not even a failed state anymore, rather just a territory where dubious people do their very bad things. This is a state in disorder with its ruler doing his business assisted by para-military forces.

Disproof

This is ungrounded conspiracy aimed to discredit Moldova as a state. Although a harmful role of Moldovan oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc for the country's democratic development is widely recognized, it is an exaggeration to call Moldova a territory worse than a failed state.

A 2019 Freedom House report, while describing the nefarious role played by Plahotniuc, still places Moldova in the category of Partly Free countries with an aggregate freedom score of 58 out of 100, where 0 stands for least free and 100 stands for most free.  To compare, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine received 19, 20, and 60 points by 2019 Freedom House report, respectively.

(HUNGARIAN, I’m not sure about this) An unbelievable confession: it was not Russia!

There is no evidence that Russia used, for instance, Facebook to try influencing the results of the Brexit referendum.

Disproof

Nick Clegg did tell the BBC that there was no "significant attempt" by outside forces to sway the vote and there was "absolutely no evidence" of Russian electoral meddling using Facebook.

However, the article failed to disclose numerous key information. First, it refers to Clegg as a "formed deputy PM," but does not mention that he is currently working for Facebook, whose interest is to cover up its role in electoral interference.

Washington is behind seeming Western unity concerning so-called Russian aggression in Ukraine

The Ukrainian position towards Russia and its alleged involvement in the war in Donbas is only genuinely shared by the Baltic states and Poland, possibly by the UK and Sweden too. The so called ‘Western solidarity’ against so-called ‘Russian aggression’ results not from Western countries’ love of Ukraine but rather from the will of Washington. Most Western countries just follow the considerations of Euroatlantic unity.

Disproof

This is conspiracy that seeks to distract from Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine and follows classical pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU's undermined sovereignty by the US and abandoned Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU and US support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence. By contrast, there is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.