Disinfo: Ukraine and Georgia are Western tools against Russia

Summary

Europe and the US have long been using Georgia and Ukraine as leverage on Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine and Georgia are controlled by the West and about the West’s strategy of encircling Russia.

Ukraine and Georgia are sovereign, independent states, not controlled by any foreign government, and without any anti-Russian policies. They are not tools against Russia in the hands of either the EU or the US. The EU and the US bilateral relations with Ukraine and Georgia are established on an equal basis.

See previous disinformation alleging that Ukraine is an anti-Russian state under Western control.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 180
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: EU, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, The West
  • Outlet: Russkaya Vesna
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