Disinfo: The US is occupying the EU; the Baltic countries nearly lost their statehood

Summary

[…] Trump is now openly unleashing trade wars not only against China but also against the EU. And all real wars began with economic confrontation. From a military and political perspective, Europe is defenceless. Its security can only be ensured by Russia or the US. By excluding Russia from this formula, unilateral American domination comes into play. By attacking Russia and blaming it for all sins including the start of WWII, small limitrophic European states deprive themselves of a second support point. Therefore they find themselves under the absolute power of its stronger partners, just as in the 1930s. The EU attempts to come out of Washington’s control, but the US stations its new military forces in Europe under the pretext of providing security from Russia. Today many options exist to destroy weak statehood without military means. The Ukrainian example is illustrative in this regard, and the Baltic states are not far behind. If things follow through, the fate of Ukraine and the Baltic states will look like a light breeze against the background of the all-European catastrophic hurricane.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy which contains a number of recurring propagandistic pro-Kremlin narratives on the US presence in Europe, the alleged US actions to weaken the EU, lost sovereignty, and West / Nazi links. The EU Member States are sovereign countries and make sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative. The Baltic States, as other EU countries, make sovereign decisions to host US military forces on their land. NATO membership is open to any European state in a position to further the principles of the North Atlantic Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area. All NATO members have made sovereign decisions to join the alliance. NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US and EU countries are Russophobic, fascist and Nazi regimes, Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty, and the EU is directed by Washington.

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  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Baltic states, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: European Union, WWIII, Sovereignty, Ukrainian statehood, Conspiracy theory, Nazi/Fascist
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Zelenskyy stands for sanctions because it is a US initiative

Rightly, they claim why Zelenskyy stands for sanctions. Of course, he will advocate sanctions. After all, sanctions are an initiative of the American Congress and the Senate. How can the President of Ukraine say no, when the American Congress, the European community speak of sanctions?

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's alleged dependence on its Western partners. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is seen by the West as an anti-Russian project. Ukraine's current foreign policy towards Russia is not a result of western anti-Russian strategy but of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, including its annexation of Crimea and the Russian military presence in Donbas. 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.

Ukraine would apply to join the United States

If they (Ukrainians – ed.) decide to join the United States, there is no one to convince them otherwise. They will gladly switch to English language… You say, why wouldn’t they do it in another place? Ukrainians are such outsiders. They were exhausted with the Poles, then with the Russians, then with the Hungarians, then with the Romanians, then with the Austrians.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. The US is not controlling Ukraine, and Ukraine has no plans to join the US. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world but is violated by Russia. The relations between the US and Ukraine represent bilateral cooperation between two independent countries. The US recognised Ukraine as an independent state on 25 December 1991. U.S. policy is centred on realising and strengthening a stable, democratic, prosperous, and free Ukraine more closely integrated into Europe and Euro-Atlantic structures.

The EU does not accept Ukraine and is not even allowing its products into its markets

They call and promise (to join the European Union), but in fact they do not even expand relations in matters of duty-free trade. There are quotas for Ukraine’s account, which end from time to time … Europe could help Ukraine economically, just allow them to enter its market. But it doesn’t. Europe hides behind a mythical position of agricultural standards.

Disproof

Another recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union. In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations. The total trade turnout increased to 50 billon USD in 2018. During 2015-2018, Ukraine also increased its exports to the EU from 13 billon USD to 23 billion USD. Overall, in 2018, Ukrainian exports to the EU increased by 13.1%. Now, the EU accounts for almost half of Ukrainian exports. See here for further information about the DCFTA and the cooperation between the EU and Ukraine.