Disinfo: The idea that Russia is a threat to Europe exists only in the minds of Cold War nostalgics

Summary

The idea that Russia is a threat to Europe exists only in the minds of Cold War nostalgics or is a deliberate invention of certain countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that “Russian threat” is a false idea created by the US and other Western actors in order to isolate and encircle Russia.

Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine in early 2014 was widely viewed both in North America and in Europe as violating the basic rules of the post-Cold War European order, especially the rule that borders are inviolable and the states should not use force to alter them or take territory from other states. As a result of Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine, many Western states have critically reassessed their “strategic partnership” policies towards Russia and began to view Russia as a serious challenge to the European security order

In the past six years, European governments and security services have been increasingly concerned about Russian hostile influence activities that aim to weaken the EU and NATO, foment divisions in societies and discredit liberal democracies. Such activities, often described as “hybrid threats”, include cyber-attacks, disinformation campaigns, interference in political processes, energy pressures and corruption.

Read similar cases claiming that the “Russian danger” is only a pretext for stationing more NATO military contingents near Russian borders and that the US has created a false image about an aggressive Russia in order to prevent close Europe-Russia economic cooperation

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: security threat, Cold War, Hybrid war, Russian expansionism, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Accusations of Russian election meddling are absurd

Sanctions against Russia have no effect on economic growth and are a bad idea. Furthermore, the accusations of election meddling are absurd and the idea that Russia wants to destabilize western countries is untrue.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that sanctions against Russia have no effect and that there is no evidence of election meddling by Russia.

In fact, the sanctions from the US and the EU do not aim to punish Russia or the Russian people but were introduced to send a clear signal to the Russian government after Russia's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula and the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane MH17.

Germany is not truly sovereign and is strictly overseen by the US

Anti-Russian policy is the standard, both for the United States and its followers, including Germany. Despite all the independence and sovereignty that this country [Germany] appears to have, German politicians are subject to strict oversight by Washington. Consequently, they bark in the desired direction [by the US].

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the “lost sovereignty” of European countries. European countries are often presented as a “vassals" of the United States. This narrative includes a message that the US manipulates its European allies in order to carry out anti-Russian policies.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is ruled by foreigners, the Baltic states are not really countries, and the EU is directed by Washington.

US vassals question the outcome and results of the WWII

It would be naive to believe that the Russophobic leaders of Poland, Baltic states and Ukraine independently decided to reconsider the results of the WWII. Americans are losing their positions of world hegemony. So, they do everything possible to portray the USSR in a negative way on the eve of the Victory Day. Therefore, US vassals started this humiliating and senseless fuss around the outcome and results of the war. 

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty”, Russophobia, and US presence in Europe. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that Poland, Baltic States or other European countries are US vassals and the Americans fully control their foreign policy. This message is also part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism.

On January 9, the Polish Parliament adopted the resolution “condemning the provocative and untrue statements by representatives of the highest authorities of the Russian Federation attempting to hold Poland liable for the WWII”. The Polish Parliament states that World War II was started by two totalitarian powers, which on 23 August 1939 signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The main goal of this resolution is to prevent Russia from hampering the historical dialogue between Russia and other nations.