Disinfo: The West betrayed Georgia. EU help is a loan and the country has to pay it back

Summary

Georgia does not have an alternative other than asking Russia for help, while the grants approved by the European Union for fighting the coronavirus are actually loans that the country will have to pay.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that Russia is the only state helping others, that Russia is competent and the EU and West are incompetent actors, betraying its partners.

A total of EUR 400 million was transferred from the EU and some of its member countries to Georgia to fight the pandemic in three tranches. Two Team Europe packages for Georgia are already being implemented. The first one, presented on 30 March, provided for urgent healthcare supplies and technical expertise, assistance to vulnerable groups, and wide liquidity support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including in local currency. The second package was unveiled on 8 April and included over €183 million for Georgia in support to socio-economic measures, including a contribution to bridging the financing gap. These packages have brought the total COVID-related support to Georgia to €250 million in non-reimbursable grants to date. On the 24th April 2020, the EU announced a third package, in the form of €150 million of loans on highly favourable terms to further help Georgia cover its immediate financing needs.

According to a statement by Carl Hartzell, the Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, the aid aims to strengthen macroeconomic stability and create an environment that would facilitate directing resources to the protection of the citizens of Georgia and mitigate the negative socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic. More about the Western help to Georgia can be read on Myth Detector.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 197
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: EU, Georgia
  • Keywords: coronavirus
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Soros sees big opportunities after COVID-19 ‘puts our civilisation at risk’

Billionaire speculator George Soros sees big opportunities after Covid-19 ‘puts our civilisation at risk’. He labelled the pandemic as the crisis of his lifetime, having the chance of remaking society amid the “revolutionary moment” that, according to him, preceded the virus. While he didn’t elaborate, Soros has invested 1 billion dollars in the last months to set up a university network to fight “nationalism” and climate change, calling the initiative “the most important project of my life”. And he hinted that the political lives of Chinese president Xi Jinping and US president Donald Trump, which he called “dictator” and “aspiring dictator” respectively, were coming to an end. Soros’ Open Society Foundations played a key role in fomenting “colour revolutions” in societies that lack the kind of “openness” determined by Soros, adding a potential layer of threat to what on the surface sounded benign. Soros-funded groups have been working to remove Trump from power practically since his inauguration, and the billionaire sees dictators everywhere.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the interview billionaire Geore Soros gave to the outlet Project Syndicate, where he made clear that he saw the Covid-19 pandemic as a catastrophic event that “totally disrupted people’s lives and required very different behavior”, and where he made no mention to “big opportunities” or the chance of remaking society. The aim is to portray Soros as an evil and ever-destabilising figure with no morality, part of a Shadow Government ruling the world and promoting its own agenda.

George Soros is a recurrent target of Russian disinformation, which frequently accuses him of being behind controversial issues. See the EUvsDisinfo article about the all-powerful Mr. Soros.

The coronavirus vaccine will reduce the population

The new coronavirus vaccine will be used to reduce the population. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides funding of up to100 million USD for discovering better ways to identify, isolate and treat cases of new coronavirus infection.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, with no evidence provided to support the claim.It is a pro-Kremlin narrative against billionaire Bill Gates and attacking vaccination programmes. Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, philanthropist, became a frequent target of conspiracy theory followers and is being accused of sponsoring and creating coronavirus, for aspiring to reduce the population and poison it with vaccines. 

Similar cases about Bill Gates can be found here.

The blockade of the economy under the pretext of coronavirus has been prepared for a long time

Coronavirus is a so-called pandemic. The economic crisis caused by the so-called pandemic was thought of a long time ago.

The final decision to start a special operation, code-named COVID-19, was made at a closed meeting of the World Economic Forum Summit in Davos. The decision was announced a week later by the World Health Organization.

As a result, Bill Gates, the American billionaire  began to take over this organisation. His foundation became the main donor to WHO.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory about the coronavirus pandemic sharing a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about "secret elites" controlling the world.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March, acknowledging that the virus had become a global phenomenon. Before that date, the situation was being described as an epidemic, illustrating that the virus had already spread to many people, and many communities, at the same time. As of 20th May, the total number of COVID-19 cases detected had passed 4.7 million.