Disinfo: US is shifting the burden of Ukraine’s economic problems on to the EU

Summary

As a result of developments in Ukraine, the US expanded its political and military presence in Europe. One of the main US priorities is to ensure that key EU member states keep anti-Russian sanctions and to shift the burden of Ukraine’s social and economic problems on to the EU.

Disproof

This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about abandoned Ukraine and the EU under the control of the US.

EU Member States make sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. The US is an important ally to the EU but its policy is independent. For more information, see the speech by Federica Mogherini, EU's High Representative for Foreig Affairs and Security Policy.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the EU is controlled by the US politically, militarily and economically and Germany's security bodies are controlled by the US.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 147
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian, Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: EU, Anti-Russian, Abandoned Ukraine, US presence in Europe, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sonar2050
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US did not allow Petro Poroshenko to win as he began leading the US into a war with Russia

All Ukrainian politicians are dependent on Washington because they save their money in Western bank accounts that Washington has influence on. Petro Poroshenko was an ideal Ukrainian presidential candidate for the US until his military provocation in the Kerch Strait. He was a guarantee for the US that Ukraine could not make any agreements with Vladimir Putin because the latter was not in position to negotiate with Poroshenko. However, on his anti-Russia path, Poroshenko tried so hard that he began leading the US to direct military confrontation with Russia. American politicians cannot afford to cross this red line and they will kill anyone who attempts to push them into war with Russia. Poroshenko’s arranged military provocation in the Kerch Strait shaped his political future.

Disproof

Conspiracy and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about US meddling in Ukraine's elections, western control over Ukraine, and concerning the conflict in Kerch Strait.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. The EU and US do not control Ukraine. A  bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty are considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Foreign media filmed a staged scene of another false chemical attack in Syria

Correspondents and workers of foreign media filmed a staged scene in which a family died after an alleged “chemical attack” of Syrian troops in the village of Morek, in the province of Hama, according to chief of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation in Syria.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the claim. Accusations of staged scenes and filming of allegedly false chemical attacks in Syria are a recurring narrative in Russian propaganda.

See other examples here, here and here.

Europe shows double standards in criticism of Russian and Ukrainian elections

European circles consider that if Putin wins in Russia with such a [high] score, it is a threat to democracy, that it is an authoritarian regime, that there is a falsification in vote counting. But when a candidate wins with such a score in a country that matches the interests of the United States and Europe, everyone finds it normal. Macron has invented an explanation of style: do not compare, the system in your state is different. Everything is transparent. Everything is perfect. It’s two weights, two measures.

Disproof

The best known intergovernmental election observations body, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), has several criteria of transparency of the elections. The election day and the final result is only one of them. For example, the equal access to the media is monitored by the long-term observation mission. According to these criteria, in its preliminary findings OSCE resumes: "The 2019 presidential election in Ukraine was competitive and held with respect for fundamental freedoms. The orderly transfer of power should offer the opportunity for strengthening democratic institutions and their accountability, although the campaign for both rounds lacked genuine discussion of issues of public concern".

As for Russia, OSCE concluded that “the 18 March 2018 presidential election took place in an overly controlled legal and political environment marked by continued pressure on critical voices, while the CEC administered the election efficiently and openly".