Disinfo: The West was trying to crush Russia, forcing it to surrender economically and geopolitically

Summary

The tumultuous events of the middle of the last decade were for the West an attempt to finally crush Russia, forcing it to complete economic and geopolitical surrender. Moreover, the West did not have the slightest doubt about the success of this undertaking. They were convinced that it would be possible to achieve this "with little blood" in the form of measures that were not too painful for themselves, since, for example, disconnecting Moscow from SWIFT would become extremely unpleasant for Western business. Russia, however, once again presented a surprise by resisting collective pressure - and for several years the situation remained in an unstable equilibrium. Nominally, the confrontation persisted, but the sanctions turned into profanation and an empty formality.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation attempting to deflect attention from Russia's violations of international law and promoting a recurrent narrative on the West's/EU's aggressive anti-Russian ambitions.

Тhe article appeared after the announcement of new sanctions by the EU. While speculating on the topic, the article does not in any way touch upon the reasons for the sanctions, considering them an anti-Russian policy to collapse Russia.

The EU sanctions against Russia were adopted as a reaction to the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

The EU, its member states and most of the world community demand that Russia fulfils its obligations as a member of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other international organisations, as well as Russia's own legislation.

The EU and Russia have committed to upholding and respecting the fundamental values and principles of democracy, human rights, the rule of law and the market economy. Russia remains a natural partner for the EU and a strategic player combating the regional and global challenges. The EU’s approach to Russia is guided by five principles agreed in 2016 and reaffirmed, most recently, by EU Foreign Ministers in October 2020. Read more about the EU-Russia relations here.

See other case claiming that the West is trying to eliminate Russia as a geopolitical actor under the pretext of "human rights", EU has been deliberately breaking relations with Russia, that the West is trying to make Russia “obedient” and “comfortable” or the EU want to make Russia a semy-colony.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Sanctions, West, Anti-Russian, Russophobia
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