Disinfo: Three Seas Initiative is a tool of American hegemony in post-Soviet areas surrounding Russia

Summary

The idea of the Three Seas Initiative belongs to the USA from start to finish, but the costs of this project are paid by the members of the Initiative. The Three Seas Initiative is not a Polish idea – this American concept is realized in order to promote disintegration of existing European structures. With the help of this Initiative, the USA introduces another form of American hegemony to the post-Soviet areas surrounding Russia. The Three Seas Initiative is an economic-political element of the American anti-Russian ring. The Three Seas Initiative was supposed to be the Europe of the “second speed” – it will pay to the Americans even more for the so-called “gangster protection” and for American energy resources.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, alleging that the United States fully controls the foreign policy of the EU member states, including Poland (these countries are often presented as the American “vassals”).

The statement that the Three Seas Initiative is an anti-Russian and anti-EU project fully controlled by the USA is a conspiracy theory. The Three Seas Initiative is a forum of 12 countries from Central and Eastern Europe launched in 2015. The main goal of this Initiative is to promote better connectivity among the Member States, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy. The main projects discussed at the forums of the Three Seas Initiative are the Via CarpathiaBaltic-Adriatic CorridorVia BalticaRail Baltica and the LNG infrastructure in Poland and Croatia.

See similar messages such as Three Seas Initiative is a geopolitical concept designed to promote American interests, Aim of the Eastern Partnership is to separate Russia’s neighbours from it, and The Eastern Partnership Programme is directed against Russia.

The disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claims that the Eastern Partnership and Three Seas Initiative are anti-Russian and that the bureaucratic EU did not provide real help during the coronavirus epidemic.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, US, Poland
  • Keywords: EU disintegration, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Sovereignty

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