Disinfo: The West is unable to fight for the lives of its citizens and ceases to consider human life valuable

Summary

The process of dehumanisation is in front of our eyes and it increases rapidly. The West, which has been unable to fight for the lives of its citizens, ceases to consider human life valuable. Globalisation and supranational structures during the pandemic have proved futile. America can hijack a plane with masks supposedly intended for its ally France and is ready to outbid scientists working on a vaccine in allied Germany.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the lack of effective EU reaction to the epidemic and a narrative portraying the West as an incompetent actor, betraying its partners. Coronavirus did challenge the EU's crisis response mechanisms, however, the European Commission is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. To cushion the blow to people’s livelihoods and the economy, the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive economic response to the outbreak, applied the full flexibility of the EU's fiscal rules, has revised its State Aid rules and proposed to set up a €37 billion Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative to provide liquidity to small businesses and the health care sector. The EU also created the first-ever stockpile of medical equipment. Read more on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak here. There are numerous examples of solidarity among the EU and the individual Member States. For example, German hospitals have offered to treat critical coronavirus patients from France as well as taking in patients from Italy. On March 13th, the European Union proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging €835 million for Italy, which was approved on March 26th by the European Parliament. Furthermore, the European Central Bank announced a €750 billion ($820 billion) asset purchase programme in an effort to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Also, in Washington, a senior administration official told AFP “the US government has not purchased any masks intended for delivery from China to France. Reports to the contrary are completely false.

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  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, West, EU disintegration
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Illegal EU sanctions hinder Syria's ability to fight COVID19

The European Union lost the independence of its decisions and is relying on American policies in a humiliating way.

The EU bears primary responsibility for the suffering of the Syrian people as a result of unjust sanctions that affect them directly impeding efforts to provide the means, capabilities and medical infrastructure necessary to face the coronavirus pandemic.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to change the nature of sanctions implemented on Syria.

EU sanctions on Syria are targeted at individuals and entities who ordered or carried out attacks and torture against their own people, made or used chemical weapons, built their personal fortune thanks to the war. EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets these people and these activities, avoiding any negative impact on the population. There is no economic war on Syria or the Syrian people.

EU supporting terrorism against the Syrian state

The European Union, since 2011, has been supporting terrorist groups against the Syrian state, providing them with arms, money, and training, and facilitating their entry into Syria.

EU politics has always been subordinate to American policy.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message aimed at undermining the image of the EU and portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA.

The US is an important ally to the EU but the later's policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative.

The West relied on the Malthusian theory during coronavirus

They (the United States, Britain, European and Scandinavian countries) relied on the Malthusian theory to solve economic crises (during the coronavirus pandemic), that is, by killing more unproductive citizens, the elderly, or sick people, believing that they mitigate later losses in spending on their health and social care.

Disproof

A baseless claim that Europe is plotting a Malthusian conspiracy to reduce the global population by exploiting the coronavirus to sacrifice its elderly for economic reasons. This is a recurring disinformation narrative about the US and EU being purely interested in profit rather than protecting people from diseases. See here a similar case claiming that both EU and US put the profit before health. In fact, since the start of the crisis, new protective measures have been implemented in both the EU and US, as well as other countries worldwide, that are designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus in order to protect people at especially high risk and assure the provision of medical care and therapeutic products to the public. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting the Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences. EU countries are showing solidarity with the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic by helping to treat the patients and protect health workers. Critically ill patients from Italy and France are treated in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg; millions of medical masks and other protective equipment have been sent to Italy. Read more about European solidarity in action and see the timeline and the EU’s response to COVID-19 See similar cases claiming that Sweden is sacrificing its elderly, that the US thinks it is stupid to treat the elderly, and that Western market economies leave the old and uninsured, or that Bill Gates and Co aspire to a reduction in population, or Covid-19 will allow total control of the population through forced vaccination and chips.