Disinfo: UK, Poland and Baltic states will shoot themselves in the foot just to harm Russia

Summary

There is no complete agreement on most of the issues in the EU and the NATO, because the “northern wing” of NATO, where, for example, Britain, Poland and the Baltic states have come together, strongly hates Russia, and is even ready to shoot itself in the foot just to hurt Russia. This is one thing, and the “southern wing” of NATO, for example, Greece, Spain and Italy, is different. There they treat Russia with sufficient sincerity. This is not to mention the central countries. Germany and France are neutral on most issues. But we are now only talking about the fact that Europe allows its “hawks” (i.e. haters of Russia) to play the first fiddle.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on Russophobia. An attempt to depict EU member states as anti-Russian.

By accusing Western societies of “Russophobia”, pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets downgrade criticism of Kremlin policies and actions to being somehow irrational and not worthy of a serious reply. At the same time, the term tries to turn the tables against the West, which in pro-Kremlin media is often depicted as a place where the fight against intolerance has gone too far.

See previous disinformation cases, alleging that WWII anniversary in Poland is anti-Russian gatheringaggression towards Russia derives from American culture; the Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West; Russophobic and Nazi Ukraine will be destroyed by Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: UK, Russia, Baltic states, Poland
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia

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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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Disproof

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Disproof

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