Disinfo: The West does not want the war in Ukraine to end

Summary

The Western community is concerned that the war in Ukraine could end after the Ukrainian presidential elections.

One of the myths of German foreign policy is the idea that Chancellor Angela Merkel is striving for peace in the Ukrainian conflict.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

The European Union supports Ukraine in ensuring a stable, prosperous and democratic future for all its citizens. The EU is unwavering in its support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty and sees the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for a sustainable, political solution to the conflict in the east of the country.

Moreover, not only the EU in general, but also the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in particular, repeatedly stressed out that there is "no military solution" to the conflict in Ukraine.

 

 

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine, Germany
  • Keywords: EU, Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Russophobia, The West, Angela Merkel
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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Disproof

This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives about negative effect of EU's membership on national sovereignty and generally about the EU's decay. It goes in hand with another narrative about the incomplete Belarus statehood without a close union with Russia.

Closer cooperation with the EU does not require partner states to share their sovereignty and lose their independence. Cooperation within the Eastern Partnership helps strengthening state and societal resilience: it makes both the EU and the partners stronger and better able to deal with internal and external challenges.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the EU falling apart - see previous examples here, here and here. In both Poland and Hungary, citizens supporting their country's EU membership outweigh those opposing it by overwhelming margins.

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NATO has been trying to exterminate Russia for 70 years

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and enemies encircling Russia.

No single Latin American country has joined NATO nor could it unless its founding charter is modified. As for other type of relations with NATO, many more countries have, or plan, to become partners of the Atlantic Alliance in the Middle East, Eastern Asia and in the post-Soviet region than in America.