Disinfo: The UK uses an anti-Russian rhetoric as a cover, it aims at weakening the EU

Summary

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently visited the Baltic states and expressed his support to them in the face of the Russian threat. In fact, London uses an anti-Russian rhetoric as a cover-up in its foreign policy doctrine known as “Global Britain”. It wants to use the Baltic states and Ukraine as expendables to weaken the EU and, in particular, the German-French alliance.

Disproof

Disinformation aimed to discredit UK foreign policy and portray it as insidious and anti-EU as well as to question solidarity between the UK and EU member states.

Global Britain is a foreign policy concept used by UK officials. The September 2019 article, authored by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, reads:

"But Global Britain is about more than Brexit or even free trade, important though they are. Under Boris Johnson, we intend to reinforce Britain’s role in the world as a good global citizen – and the UN is a great place to start".

Allegations about UK malign intentions towards the Baltic states and Ukraine in order to weaken the EU as part of the Global Britain concept are groundless.

The UK does stand with the Baltic states in tackling Russia's malign activity in the Baltic region. Ahead of the visit to Estonia and Norway on 10-11 March 2021, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

"The security threat posed by Russia is felt most keenly by its neighbours. The UK is committed to standing with our close friends in the Nordic and Baltic regions, both militarily as well as in tackling Russia’s disinformation and destabilising regional activity."

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that that the global elites prepare a big coup d'etat - "The Great Reset," that London-based headquarters organise colour regolutions in Russia, the US, and elsewhere, and that the UK and the West fund an information war against Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, France, Russia
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Anti-Russian, Baltic states
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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