Disinfo: The myth about “European unity” is destroyed; only “Bad guys” like China and Cuba offer help with the coronavirus

Summary

The virus outbreak became a useful pretext for a further regionalization of the world that breaks into seprated economic political clusters. The myth about the ‘European unity’ as well as the ‘Euro-Atlantic’ one is destroyed. All states are fighting the crisis almost alone. Only so-called “bad guys” like China, Venezuela or Cuba are offering their help to other states.

Governments are strengthening surveillance and security measures limiting freedoms of citizens.

Disproof

An unfounded claim.

The European Union is taking steps to cushion the blow of the pandemic to people’s livelihoods and the economy.  The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak applied the full flexibility of the EU fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and set up a EUR 37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. Read more about the EU's response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

US has sent medical aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina over the coronavirus.

Numerous countries around the world have adopted measures of quarantine and social distancing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

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  • Reported in: Issue189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Venezuela, Cuba, China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
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The Washington establishment attacked China with the coronavirus: Russia is the next target

The outbreak is exploited by the Washington establishment and its allies to increase pressure on the opponents of the US-dominated global order. China became the first target of the attack. Now, similar developments could be observed in Russia. Large Russian cities and even government bodies (like the foreign ministry) are being targeted by waves of fake news and artificial hysteria. Anti-government, Western-backed forces operating inside Russia will likely work to exploit the coronavirus narrative to destabilize the situation in the country;

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

Financial circles and governments are using the coronavirus crisis to achieve own goals

Financial circles and governments are using the coronavirus crisis in order to achieve own financial and political goals, as well as to cover crisis developments in the global economy (the Saudi offensive on the oil market is another sign of the crisis).

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory, sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling world leaders.

See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

Panic in Ukraine due to coronavirus, metro banned in Lviv

In Ukraine, there is panic due to coronavirus. The country’s government imposed quarantine and banned Ukraine’s metros from working, announced President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The metro was closed, including in Lviv (western Ukraine).

Disproof

Indeed, temporary quarantine has been introduced in Ukraine, just like in many other countries, due to the rapid spread of coronavirus worldwide. However, Lviv does not have, and never has had, a metro. Metro systems in Ukraine can be found only in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro.

The "Lviv Metro" is a well-known Internet meme in Ukraine that makes fun of Russian chauvinism and Ukrainophobia. According to a legend, it was built "by Bandera during the Nazi occupation of the city during WWII using Russian slave labour, and its lines are in the shape of a trident."