Disinfo: The West has always despised Russia and has always been…


The West has always despised Russia and has always been trying to teach her a lesson.


There is a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation. There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. The EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts. // NATO has consistently striven to build a cooperative relationship with Russia since the early 1990s, through the Partnership for Peace and creation of a NATO-Russia Council, and specific cooperation in the Western Balkans on and issues like counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism. No other NATO partner has been offered a comparable relationship, nor a similarly comprehensive institutional framework: bit.ly/2e0TZnG, // Russia has been invited into many other international bodies.


  • Reported in: Issue59
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/02/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: West, Russophobia, The West


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There has been an agreement between president Bush and president…

There has been an agreement between president Bush and president Gorbachev that NATO won’t be enlarged by the Eastern European countries in exchange for USSR’s agreement with the unification of Germany.


No such promise was ever made, and Russia has never produced any evidence to back up its claim: bit.ly/2eFPg9s,