Disinfo: The West does not want a strong Russia


America and Europe do not want a strong Russia. They are using Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko against Russia. They need a Poroshenko who always screams: Russia is dangerous, we are at war with Russia.

If it is the will of the Western world, then Poroshenko should win again.

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia and conspiracy theory about the West using Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in order to destabilise Russia.
For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created unique cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It has invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence, an invitation extended to no other partner. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest".
There were democratic Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014 in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people, but not the West, have elected the President Poroshenko. The OSCE characterised the elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms". According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered votes real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".



  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: EU, Encircling Russia, Russophobia, Petro Poroshenko, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities were created and are controlled by Western embassies

The specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine are bodies that, in fact, were created by agents of foreign influence who acted under the orders of foreign embassies. Today these institutions are managed by foreign embassies. They were created in order to punish all those who are not pro-American.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine. Unfounded claims on foreign influence on Ukraine's legal system.

Eradication of corruption was one of the main demands of the Maidan protests in 2013-2014. After the new President and Parliament were elected in Ukraine in 2014, anti-corruption reform became a key objective of a new Ukrainian government, which was agreed on in a Coalition Agreement (part 3).

“Vast number” of cyberattacks on Russia from US, Europe

Russian government websites, including the official page of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “are permanently subjected to an enormous number of cyber-attacks … from Europe and North America.”


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of attempts by Western governments to weaken and destabilise Russia.

Russian intelligence services have long been accused of targeting computer systems in the US and elsewhere, with a dozen of substantiated allegations made in the last two years alone. An analysis of high-profile cyber incidents since 2006 designates Russia as an "offender" in 98 cyberattacks globally, against 16 incidents where the country appears as a "victim." Conversely, US-based entities have been subjected to 117 such attacks, and perpetrated nine.

Ukraine has introduced dual citizenship but only for “Western lobbyists”

In Ukraine, dual citizenship has been introduced, but you can only have more than one passport if you sympathise with the West.


This is a manipulation of a quote by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Pavlo Klimkin has spoken many times in favour of the introduction of dual citizenship in the country and each time the Russian media has reacted to the statements of Klimkin with misleading disinformation.

Klimkin spoke in favour of the introduction of such a regime in Ukraine, arguing that in this way the country would acquire thousands of qualified specialists from many European and Western countries.