Sleeping within my orchard

My custom always of the afternoon,

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole,

With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial,

And in the porches of my ears did pour

The leperous distilment

William Shakespeare; Hamlet, Act I, Scene V.

There’s poison everywhere. Fake poison, real poison. Pro-Kremlin disinformation media are claiming that Sergei Skripal has been dead for half a year and that the ghost of the victim of the Salisbury attack is now summoned every time the British need to divert attention from any unpleasant affairs. Elsewhere, the pro-Kremlin media report that the West is finally acknowledging that the 2018 poison gas attack in Douma was staged and that even the BBC is admitting this! The Russian army will have to protect the BBC whistleblower.

“Ink – a drug”, wrote the Russian exile writer Vladimir Nabokov, who had extensive personal experience with Moscow’s tactics of repression and defamation. Ink, the printing of ink, can poison the minds and hearts of millions. Lies pollute channels of information.

Pernicious propaganda

There are conspiracies everywhere: Washington is controlling Estonia. The EU is scheming against Moldova. Coincidentally, both countries are holding elections soon. The US is planning a “Venezuelan Scenario” in Hungary. Muslims are forcing European women to wear hijabs. The West has aggressive intentions towards Russia, just as it did on the eve of the World War 2. Pro-Kremlin media are working overtime to tell their audience that there is only one safe place on earth – Russia – to which Europeans are fleeing en masse to breathe freely without the suffocating oppression of Europe’s homosexual dictatorship.

Yes, who can stand the noxious stench emanating from Europe’s moral decay, where paedophilia is a European value? Russia, at least, stands for paternal authority, and the wave of mass migration – several hundreds of people – from Europe to Crimea is therefore entirely understandable.

One might think that poor Russia is begin to crumbling under all this pressure from the malevolent West. Even Belarus is becoming an enemy! Russian youth are being seduced and perverted by American dollars. Russia tried to save the INF Treaty, showing unprecedented openness and willingness to cooperate. Did it work? Of course not, because anything Russia does is met with hysterical antagonism and aggression from the West. Indeed, the West is simply a terrorist institution.

Lethal lies

Poison can also be addictive. Pro-Kremlin media are apparently hooked on the needle of the Ukrainian disinformation drug. Ukraine continues to dominate the Russian media ecosystem: analysis of Russian social media shows that anything about Ukraine sets the web on fire. Participants in the Euromaidan protests were intoxicated by Oxytocin – the Love Hormone! This story by a Russian state-run site had almost twice as many likes as the numbers of Europeans migrating en masse to Russia. An attempt to question the Holodomor, the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine, received massive attention as well. And so it continues: the upcoming election is merely an instrument for the West to further antagonise Russia; Ukraine is ruled by foreign powers, has a puppet regime lacking legitimacy, obstructs all attempts to create peace in Donbas…

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the King of Denmark is killed by his brother with poison poured into his ear. It is a striking image of the way disinformation works. Pro-Kremlin media continue to pour a steady stream of disinformation poison into the ears of millions of citizens.

NATO scientists synthesized Novichok in a lab in Brno, Czech Republic
Additional details: Close to the Czech city of Brno, there is a lab where NATO scientists synthesised Novichok.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Itogi Nedeli @ NTV (29:32 - 29:38)
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No evidence given. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Skripal poisoning and the nerve agent that was used for it.

For background:

Novichok is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s. It is so unusual that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance. See reports by CNN, BBC, the Guardian.

In a statement, the EU expressed shock at the offensive use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years.

Keywords: novichok, Sergei Skripal, NATO
Countries: Czech Republic
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Ukrainian Health Minister has secret mission to reduce the number of Ukrainians
Additional details: One of the tasks of Uliana Suprun is to reduce Ukrainian healthcare to the level of the poorest third world countries. However, this is not her main task. This involves the “optimisation” of the number of residents of Ukraine, a consistent reduction of the population. This takes time without gas chambers. She is strongly supported by the West.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Fond Stratehicheskoi Kultury
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Unfounded claims, presented without any evidence. An example of a conspiracy theory; recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine and medical reform in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian reform of healthcare systems has several aims.

Firstly, it aims to introduce a new mechanism of financing the healthcare sector: the state will finance the needs of a patient – not the hospitals. Secondly, the position of a “family doctor” was introduced. Thirdly, it clearly defines limits on what the state will pay for. Fourthly, doctors will have to adhere to international medical protocols. Fifthly, the Ministry of Health expects that the salaries of doctors will increase.

Keywords: Ukraine, health, Conspiracy
Countries: Ukraine
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The US incites Russian teenagers to participate in street protests
Additional details: The United States of America is involved in the seduction and perversion of children. The main target are eighteen-year-olds who can make it to the streets. If a child dies during a protest, there will be enormous backlash and the state will be blamed. Six American funds are involved in this activity.

              
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8xB-yW6ICI
Disinforming outlet(s): Kto protiv @ Rossiya 1 (1:47:35 - 1:48:40)

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Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West and colour revolutions.

Keywords: Destabilising Russia
Countries: Russia, US
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The West will use the next president of Ukraine to antagonise Russia
Additional details: The West does not need Ukraine, and in case it does - it is for one reason only: to antagonise Russia. The West is going to push the next President of Ukraine to conflict with Russia, just as it did with Saakashvili in 2008. But Ukraine is now being pushed into a more serious pit.

       
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8xB-yW6ICI
Disinforming outlet(s): Kto protiv @ Rossiya 1 (9:15 - 10:49)
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Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West provoking Russia and presidential election in Ukraine.

Keywords: Ukraine, Elections
Countries: Russia, The West, Ukraine
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Minsk Agreements work against Russia, it is a trap
Additional details: Minsk agreements are a trap for Russia. Russia is accepting and fulfilling its obligations, while Ukraine thinks it is not bound by it. That is why Minsk Agreements work against Russia.

             
Language / Targeted audience: Quechua
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Av-O5M8cxlE
Disinforming outlet(s): Kto protiv? @ Rossiya 1 (5:07 - 6.31)
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk Agreements.

In the joint statement following the 20th EU-Ukraine Summit Brussels, 9 July 2018, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine reaffirmed full support to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all sides, underlining the responsibility of the Russian Federation in this regard.

According to the US  Department of State Ukraine's efforts stand in sharp comparison to Russia’s continued failure to fulfill its Minsk commitments.

 

Keywords: Minsk agreements
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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US Chief of Naval Operations pushing for military confrontation with Russia and China
Additional details: America's Chief of Naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, advocates making the first move against Russian and Chinese ships in areas like the Azov Sea and the South China Sea, which could trigger a nuclear war.
Language / Targeted audience: Spanish, Castilian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT Spanish, Sputnik Spanish
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Speaking about a "first move", the Admiral's remark was as follows: “This gets back to that question about conceptual agility in terms of what are not only our responses in pushing back but about how we push first in a couple of areas. I think it would be great if we could get folks, Russians, some of these competitors to respond to our first move. There's an advantage every now and then to playing the white side of the board". See the recording of the Atlantic Council event (minute 52:47).

US warmongering and desire for military confrontation are a common pro-Kremlin narrative. Other recent examples can be found here and here.

Keywords: Azov sea, Military, Nuclear issues, NATO, Warmongering
Countries: United States, China, Russia, US
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Douma hospital scenes were staged, new evidence confirms previous accounts of no chemical attack
Additional details: New evidence provided by a BBC producer: the video of alleged chemical attack on 7 April 2018 in Douma, Syria, released by the controversial White Helmets, was a staged video orchestrated by the Jaysh al-Islam jihadist group.

France, USA and UK justified bombarding Syria with amateur images. Moscow has evidence that chemical attack in Douma was fabricated by the intelligence of one of the most Russophobic States. The Western version of the events appears now to be fragile.
Language / Targeted audience: French
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik News, RT French
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Douma. The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

RT calls Riam Dalati's Tweet (now the account as set to private, but Sputnik  have provided a screenshot)  "new evidence" that the attack at a hospital in Douma was staged. RT's anchor admits himself in the last seconds of the report: "we don't know what evidence the BBC producer has". A BBC spokesperson said to RT that the views expressed on Twitter are those of Riam Dalati alone.

The Interim report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma, it is stated: "Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive" (p. 2).

See our reporting and Bellingcat coverage how Russian and Syrian state media has used fiction movies to "prove" the Douma attacks were staged.

See more disinfo cases on how  the White Helmets (Syrian Civil Defense) are working for ISIS or fake images of war crimes for Western audiences.

 

 

Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
Countries: Syria
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The US and EU countries will organise a Moldovan "Maidan" in order to remove the President
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The US and the EU will organise the next "Maidan" in Moldova and "encourage the removal of the President", as they did in Ukraine. President Igor Dodon's Socialist Party is currently leading in the polls This does not fit into the West's concept, which uses proven methods of colour revolutions to spur citizens on to division and conflict.

Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Deutschland
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Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative that the West is the organiser behind any civil protests and colour revolutions, in this case aiming at undermining Moldova's and Ukraine's EU aspirations.

American and European funds provide assistance to strengthen Moldova and Ukraine's democratic governance and economic growth. These help both countries implement lasting democratic and economic reforms that improve living standards for citizens.

Recurring disinformation concerning the Maidan-events. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a reaction of Ukrainians to former President Yanukovych's last minute foreign policy change. After seven years of negotiations, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence.

 

Keywords: Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, Elections, The West
Countries: Moldova, Ukraine, EU, US
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The US is preparing to overthrow the Hungarian government
Additional details: The United States continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and to exert political pressure on their governments. America’s heavy-handed leadership encroaches on the independence of EU member states, particularly Hungary, whose government it seeks to overthrow in a “Venezuelan scenario”.

Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RIA Novosti, RT Russian
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This is a standard narrative found in pro-Kremlin Russian media.

The claims appeared after January 25th 2019, when US Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin and Chris Murphy addressed President Donald Trump with a resolution. In their document, the senators condemn the actions of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, on the matter of human rights. The resolution denounces Hungary’s attempts to undermine the independence of its judiciary, restrict civil society groups, infringe on press freedom, and violate the rights of asylum seekers. When introducing the resolution, Senator Durbin pointed out that Viktor Orban’s government is abandoning the country’s European course and cosying up to Russia. However, the resolution clearly does not call for the overthrow of the Hungarian government.

More in debunk by StopFake.

Keywords: Viktor Orban, Democracy, Human rights, US presence in Europe
Countries: United States, Hungary, EU
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BBC admits that reason for bombing Syria was fake
Additional details: The Western media suddenly admits that there was no sarin in Douma, Syria, and chemical attacks as well. BBC admits that reason for bombing Syria was fake, and the video from the hospital was fabricated.

"This video was published in April 2018 by the White Helmets cooperating with the Islamists, after which the United States, with the support of Britain and France, launched over a hundred cruise missiles in Syria".

"This is all the exact copy of the events that were developed around Iraq before the start of aggression against a sovereign state".
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT Russian, Politonline, Lenta, Vesti, Versia, Tass
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The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

The BBC didn't deny the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Douma. The tweet of BBC's producer Riam Dalati, the source of these claims, doesn't deny the chemical attack.

"The producer was expressing his personal opinions about some of the video footage that emerged after the attack but has not claimed that the attack did not happen", the BBC spokesperson told Sputnik.

The Interim report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma, it is stated: "Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive" (p. 2).

 

Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, BBC, Syrian War
Countries: Syria
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Poroshenko thinks that Donbas and Crimea are not Ukrainian
Additional details: The Ukrainian President does not care about Donbas and Crimea. He does not recognise Crimea and Donbas as Ukrainian. On a map, used in Poroshenko's election campaign, no cities of Donbas are included.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
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The claim of Donbas cities absent from the election campaign map is simply not true. At least one city in the Donetsk region can be read on the map.

Generally a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about War in Ukraine.

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has repeatedly stated that Donbas and Crimea are Ukrainian and that they are occupied by Russia. In a recent Facebook post, he acknowledged that the restoration of Ukrainian control over Donbas and Crimea is a priority of the Ukrainian state. In his programme for the upcoming elections in March he stated the following: “We will continue restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine and returning the occupied territories of Crimea, Donetsk and Lugansk regions with political and diplomatic means.” He added that all Ukrainian citizens must return under the sovereignty of Ukraine.

“We will continue the line for restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine in the political and diplomatic manner, ensuring the unity of the pro-Ukrainian coalition in the world and in the European Union, using the instrument of sanctions and the mechanism of the international UN mission throughout the territory of the occupied Donbas," Poroshenko claimed during his pre-election meeting on January 29th 2019.

"Ukraine has become stronger, Ukraine has shown confidence in its forces. And on the Day of Unity, we sincerely appeal to our countrymen living within the borders of Ukraine, but in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea, parts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions. We never forget about you. We work every day to bring the day of your liberation from the enemy's yoke," the President of Ukraine emphasised during his speech on the Day of Unity of Ukraine on January 22, 2019.

“Ukraine will take all measures to return the occupied Donbas and Crimea,” Poroshenko urged on November 10, 2018.

Similar statements were made in 2018, 2017 and 2016.

 

Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Petro Poroshenko, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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OSCE confirms that there are no Russian soldiers in Donbas
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The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine (SMM) has rejected the allegations made by the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Nations about the alleged presence of Russian soldiers in the disputed Ukrainian region of Donbass. There had been information that someone had seen people in military uniforms who allegedly claimed to come from Russia and other countries and to be mercenaries. Someone also saw a transport device with Russian flags. However, it is not known which origin it is.

Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Deutschland
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This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about no Russian soldiers in Ukraine. The claims are based on a manipulative interpretation of the OSCE report.

The Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine told the UN Security Council that: "there has been cases where we have reported in the past people in uniforms, claiming to be from the Russian Federation and other countries as well as mercenaries. SMM has reported observations of vehicles bearing Russian flags, but did not observe the origin. I have to say in order to avoid many misunderstandings, in these reports there has been no reference to militaries".  The video of the statement here [2:45:00 - 2:45:47].

This is not the first time OSCE statements are misquoted or taken out of context.

 

 

 

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The Avakov plan aims to purge the Donbas of people undesirable to Kyiv
Additional details: Arsen Avakov's "Small Steps Mechanism" to de-occupy the Donbas, which was developed under guidance from the US State Department, is a plan designed to purge the region of people who are undesirable to the Ukrainian government.
Language / Targeted audience: Hungarian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front Magyarország
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Avakov's plan to restore the integrity of Ukraine and de-occupy the Donbas, originally published in June 2018, proposes a "small steps mechanism" as an alternative to the Minsk format. Nothing in the plan suggests any intention to carry out mass expulsions of people from the Donbas. On the contrary, the plan calls for an Amnesty Law to protect "the majority of people living in the occupied territory and involved in the conflict". While people "who have 'blood on their hands'" would be exempted from the amnesty measure and prosecuted under Ukrainian law, there is no mention of any plan to forcibly remove or "purge" these people from the territory.

Additionally, there is no evidence that the US actively contributed to the development of the plan.

Keywords: Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, Genocide, Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The famine of 1932-33 was not ethnically directed against Ukrainians
Additional details: The famine of 1932-33 was not ethnically directed against the Ukrainians. The term "Holodomor" itself has no right to exist.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: radiovesti.ru/brand/60948/episode/2107148/
Disinforming outlet(s): Polnyi kontakt @ Radio "Vesti" (12:55 and 26:34)
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This is a recurring Kremlin narrative about the Holodomor in Ukraine.

The Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932–33 is a man-made demographic catastrophe unprecedented in peacetime. Of the estimated six to eight million people who died in the Soviet Union, about four to five million were Ukrainians. The exact number of victims is hard to establish as a lot of evidence was destroyed.

According to Encyclopaedia Britannica," the famine was a direct assault on the Ukrainian peasantry, which had stubbornly continued to resist collectivisation; indirectly, it was an attack on the Ukrainian village, which traditionally had been a key element of Ukrainian national culture. Its deliberate nature is underscored by the fact that no physical basis for famine existed in Ukraine. The Ukrainian grain harvest of 1932 had resulted in below-average yields (in part because of the chaos wreaked by the collectivisation campaign), but it was more than sufficient to sustain the population. Nevertheless, Soviet authorities set requisition quotas for Ukraine at an impossibly high level. Brigades of special agents were dispatched to Ukraine to assist in procurement, and homes were routinely searched and foodstuffs confiscated."

See the similar disinfo cases here and here.

Keywords: Ukraine, Holodomor, Genocide
Countries: USSR, Ukraine
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Accusation: US coalition in Syria has committed crimes against humanity
Additional details: Around the 11th of February 2019, the United States and the US-led coalition committed crimes against humanity with the massive air strikes on the Syrian village of Baghouz, which killed or wounded at least 70 civilians.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Italian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about US and US-led coalition killing civilians in Syria rather than fighting ISIS forces.

The article omits the fact that the attack on Baghouz [located in the province of Deir El Zour] – the last village controlled by ISIS - was an anti-ISIS operation conducted by the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] backed by airstrikes by the  US-led coalition.  In this village hundreds of ISIS militants were hiding among civilians.

Moreover, according to the SDF, before the offensive on Baghouz began on February 9, more than 20.000 civilians were evacuated from the ISIS-held area in Deir El-Zour.

For background read here.

 

Keywords: Syrian War, Daesh
Countries: Russia, US, Syria
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Ukraine is ruled by external forces
Additional details: Ukraine is governed by the interests of other forces: Russian, American and European.
Language / Targeted audience: Ukrainian
Link to the disinformation: video.112.ua/4-004658-004810-288781.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Velyke Intervyu @112 Ukraina
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No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the EU and US relations with Ukraine.

Ukraine is an independent, sovereign state. No country is controlling Ukraine. The EU-Ukraine and US-Ukraine relations are built on the basis of equality, freedom, and independence. Ukraine builds its relations with other countries in accordance with the requirements of international law.

In June 2014, EU and Ukraine signed An Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values.

The current government in Ukraine was elected following elections held in 2014, which were recognised as legal and democratic by the observers. The Presidential elections were "largely in line with international commitments and fundamental freedoms," ODIHR's report states.

Keywords: Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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Neutral Sweden blowing up Russian threats to sell arms
Additional details: Despite its formally neutral status, Sweden is once again attempting to exaggerate Russia's military might. Already in the seventies, Sweden started look for Russian submarines, without ever finding any. Sweden is a large arms producer, and all the noise about "Russian threats" is the defence industry's and the military's way of increasing funding and raise profits.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Vechernyaya Moskva
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Sweden is not "formally neutral", but is observing a policy of non-alignment. More on Swedish foreign policy here.

A Soviet submarine ran aground, close to a Swedish naval base on Swedish territorial waters in 1981. Since an incident in 1982, Sweden has not formally charged Russia with violations of its territorial waters.

Keywords: Military
Countries: Russia, Sweden
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Russian interference in US elections: the inquiry finds no direct evidence
Additional details: After two years of investigation, Democrats and Republicans of the US Senate's Intelligence Committee agreed that they have not discovered any direct evidence of Russian conspiracy in Donald Trump's campaign. Two years of investigation, 200 interviews of witnesses, investigators from the US Senate Intelligence Committee, working to rule on possible Russian interference in the US presidential campaign, have failed, CBS news reported.
Language / Targeted audience: French
Disinforming outlet(s): RT France
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RT forwards claims, not supported by the CBS report. It only mentions the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Republican Richard Burr's personal estimation, which does not match the views of the co-chairman of the Committee, Democratic senator Marc Warner.

In addition, the US Justice Department has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic officials in the 2016 US elections. Previously, 13 Russian citizens as well as the Internet Research Agency, Concord Management and Concord Catering had been charged with interfering with the US political system.

More disinformation cases on the "Russia probe" in the US here.

 

Keywords: election meddling, Donald Trump
Countries: Russia, US
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Ukraine is puppet of the West in the geopolitical game against Russia
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The West is not interested in the welfare of the Ukrainian people. Kyiv serves as a puppet in the geopolitical game against Russia.

Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Deutschland
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Recurring disinformation about the relationship between the West and Ukraine.

Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly's commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

The EU is helping Ukraine through various concrete means. Above all, the entry into force of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine on 1st of January 2016 offers duty free (for most products) access to the largest market in the world to Ukrainian companies; secondly, the EU has granted cheap and long term loans to Ukraine to help the country to stabilised its economy: 2,2 bn € have been disbursed already; the EU (whose Member States represent altogether the largest IMF shareholder) is strongly supporting the IMF loans and programmes which have helped to stabilise the economic situation in Ukraine and will continue to help the country to reform its economy. The EU is providing substantial budget support, technical assistance and loans to the businesses through the EIB.

 

 

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, The West
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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The United States is preparing a scenario to overthrow the legitimate government of Moldova
Additional details: The United States is preparing a scenario to overthrow the legitimate government of Moldova. They attempt a coup d'état, like they did before with the partial occupation of Syrian territory and like they are currently attempting in Venezuela.
Language / Targeted audience: German
Disinforming outlet(s): RT Deutsch
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Conspiracy theory. No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West meddling in and destabilising countries around the world.

There are no indications that the United States has plans to meddle within Moldova.

Further Disinformation Cases on Moldova:

USAID will try to decentralize Moldova and after that Moldova will be annexed by Romania

Moldova ready to abandon Transnistria for EU and NATO

Romania prepares a "Maidan" to destroy Moldova

Keywords: Coup, Conspiracy, The West
Countries: Moldova
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The United States use terrorism in their own interests
Additional details: The United States uses terrorism in its own interests, said Russian Senator Frants Klintsevich. This "deeply sophisticated" mechanism is, according to him, indispensable for the American special services. Thanks to a complicated intelligence structure, it is not possible to catch the United States out. This mechanism is profoundly sophisticated and it works.
Language / Targeted audience: French
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik News
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No evidence given. The claim is similar to a conspiracy theory

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that the US is supporting terrorist and ISIS in Syria.

Keywords: Terrorism, Daesh
Countries: US
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Freedom House responds to political commands
Additional details: Listing of Azerbaijan among the "not free" states in the 2019 Freedom House report is a result of a political order. The political framing of this organisation's annual reports is visible. This organisation's assessment of Azerbaijan is subjective. This report is a very ugly step taken to put Azerbaijan under the influence of certain foreign political and economic circles.
Language / Targeted audience: Azerbaijani
Link to the disinformation: www.aznews.az/news/tribune/209847.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Aznews
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Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Freedom House Freedom in the World index is produced each year by a team of in-house and external analysts and expert advisers from the academic, think tank, and human rights communities. The analysts, who prepare the draft reports and scores, use a broad range of sources, including news articles, academic analyses, reports from nongovernmental organisations, individual professional contacts, and on-the-ground research.

Keywords: Human rights
Countries: Azerbaijan
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Legitimacy of Ukrainian government almost at zero
Additional details: The legitimacy of the Ukrainian parliament is today at 1.5-2%. They do not have the legitimacy that gives them the right to speak on behalf of the people on issues like on accession to NATO and the EU.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front published @ February 12th 2019, 19:44 (3:20-4:10)
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An unfounded claim on the approval rate of the Ukrainian political institutions.

According to a poll, conducted by Razumkov Center in June 2018, the support of the Parliament is 10,3%, the Government – 13,7%, the President – 13,8%.

In a poll, conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in December 2018, 8% of respondents mentioned that they support the Parliament of Ukraine and 11% support the Government. The highest support is for the President – 16%. In December 2017, the support of these institutions was lower.

During the last presidential elections, Petro Poroshenko won in the first round with 54,7% of the votes. The two biggest parties in the Parliament at the last parliamentary elections, in 2014, were supported by 22,14% (Narodnyi Front) and 21,82% (Blok Petra Poroshenka) respectively.

Keywords: Ukraine, Elections, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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EU grant for Georgian media to start 'propaganda offensive' popularising influx of migrants
Additional details: The EU-funded “Sustaining Migration Management in Georgia” (ENIGMMA 2) project, financed with a 4.5-million-euro grant, will train the Georgia media in how to mount a “propaganda offensive,” which will persuade Georgians of the need to receive foreign migrants and pave the way for mass migration to Georgia.
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): Georgia and the World
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Migration – either as a cause of failed integration of migrants or as a threat to states’ national identity or sovereignty – is a common issue exploited by the Kremlin.

ENIGMMA 2, launched in 2017, is a three-year project that builds on the earlier ENIGMMA project, which supported the Government of Georgia in the implementation of migration-related areas of the EU-Georgia visa dialogue in the run-up to the EU visa liberalisation for Georgia. Like ENIGMMA, ENIGMMA 2 focuses on bilateral EU-Georgia migration issues and aims to contribute to the sustainable enhancement of mobility and people-to-people contacts between the EU and Georgia. The media component of the ENIGMMA 2 project is small and, like the rest of the project, has nothing to do with migration to Georgia from any third countries.

 

Keywords: migration
Countries: Georgia
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The government in Kyiv is sabotaging peace in Donbas
Additional details: The current government in Kyiv is a “party of war” and has always obstructed a peaceful settlement in the Donbas.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): 112.ua
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative (see previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the War in Ukraine).

It was Russia that provoked a war in Ukraine. For background see here.

In 2018, the EU condemned Russia’s support for the so-called “elections” on the occupied territories. The U.S. State Department also condemned Russia’s supportive actions. Earlier the U.S. Special Representative on Ukraine, Kurt Volker, mentioned that the so-called LNR and DNR “are entities created by Russia … to cement an ongoing conflict.” According to Volker, the purpose of the Minsk agreements is “to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and constitutional order.”

 

Keywords: Ukraine, DNR, Eastern Ukraine, LNR, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Ukrainian statehood
Countries: Ukraine
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Belarusians are part of Russian people whereas Polish latin alphabet is used in Minsk metro
Additional details: The concept of Russkiy mir, The Russian World, is an all-Russian nationm consisting of Great Russians, Little Russians (Ukrainians), Belarusians and Rusyns. As a result of cultural and information warfare carried by Anglo-Saxons the number of Russian speakers decreased at 50 million people over the last 20 years. Moldova chose a Latin alphabet, Kazakhstan will soon follow the case, while in Belarus a Polish type of Latin alphabet is used in metro and at road signs.
Language / Targeted audience: Belarus
Disinforming outlet(s): Sozh
Reported by:
Disproof note:

The All-Russian nation is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which at present-time is one pro-Kremlin narratives aimed at weakening national identity of Belarusian and Ukrainians and these countries' sovereignty.

The number of Russian speakers decreased not as a result of actions by external forces but mostly as a consequence of natural decrease of population in the countries where Russian is widely spoken, foremost in Russia. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on intentional ban of Russian by the west.

Contrary to allegation, Polish type of Latin alphabet is not used in Belarus. Instead, historically Belarusian Latin alphabet or Łacinka incorporates features of the Polish and Czech alphabets. The official standard of Romanization of Belarusian geographical names is based on 2007 Instruction on transliteration of Belarusian geographical names with letters of Latin script and only to limited extent is based on Polish alphabet.

Keywords: Russian language, Russian world
Countries: Ukraine, Belarus
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West plans Maidan in Belarus with the help of Ukrainian fighters
Additional details: The West intends to organize a Maidan in Belarus with the help of Ukrainian fighters and weapons. President Lukashenko wants to improve relations with the West by resolving the conflict in Ukraine. However, the West is disorganised and does not have a common position over Ukraine, which makes conflict resolution impossible.

Belarusian authorities understand that Ukrainian state is in crisis, may soon collapse and be replaced by oligarchic and criminal entities.
Language / Targeted audience: Belarus
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Belarus
Teleskop
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in the EU neighbourhood, including in Belarus. Examples of earlier disinformation cases are here and here.

The disinformation message also involves pro-Kremlin narrative about the upcoming disintegration of Ukraine.

Keywords: Ukrainian disintegration, Colour revolutions
Countries: The West, Ukraine, Belarus
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OSCE declared that there is no Russian military in Donbas
Additional details: It is a sensation: OSCE declared at the UN Security Council that there is no military in Donbass  
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQb--6FDoYA
Disinforming outlet(s): 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1
Reported by:
Disproof note:

False claim.

The OSCE did not declare that there is no Russian military in Donbass.

The Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine told the UN Security Council that: "there has been cases where we have reported in the past people in uniforms, claiming to be from the Russian Federation and other countries as well as mercenaries. SMM has reported observations of vehicles bearing Russian flags, but did not observe the origin. I have to say in order to avoid many misunderstandings, in these reports there has been no reference to militaries".  The video of the statement here [2:45:00 - 2:45:47].

This is not the first time OSCE statements are misquoted or taken out of context.

Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that there are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine. For similar cases see here.

 

 

Keywords: War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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The West is a terrorist structure
Additional details: The West - not only the United States or NATO - the whole West is a terrorist structure. They are killing people and  perceive Russian as the Germans perceived the Jews during the Second World War.    
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkDuEMfQtQs
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about belligerent West and Russpohobia.

Keywords: Russophobia, The West
Countries: Europe, Russia, US
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Brussels tries to avoid a "palace coup" by increasing Russophobia ahead of the EU elections
Additional details: The Kerch Strait incident is a provocation used by Brussels to increase Russophobic sentiment ahead of the EU elections. There is a danger that Brussels will try to retain its position by force, refusing to recognize the election results in European countries, arguing that there was a "Russian intervention". 

Brussels is a US puppet that tries to increase tensions between the Europe and Russia,
Language / Targeted audience:
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by:
Disproof note:

This is an ongoing pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about US influence in Europe. Check our database for more cases on Russophobia, elections meddling, and the Kerch Strait incident.

For background:

On November 25th 2018, border patrol boats from Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them and wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that the Ukrainian boats were in Russian waters.

However, 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, stipulating that they are the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

The construction of the Kerch Bridge took place without Ukraine's consent and constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the Kerch Strait. The EU has stated that it expects Russia to stop these unwarranted inspections.

For further reporting, see the BellingcatDFRLab, and Polygraph.

Keywords: EU elections 2019, Kerch, Brussels, Russophobia, Elections
Countries: Russia, EU, US
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Belarus has began de-russification and is imposing Belarusian language
Additional details: Belarus is moving in the direction of a "de-russification". This involves imposing statutory measures such as the Belarusian language, [Catholic] churches, vyshyvankas and the Latin alphabet in what is termed as a ‘gradual soft Belarusianisation’. This inevitably turns Belarus into an enemy, moving it from the Russian cultural space into a Polish-Lithuanian one.
Language / Targeted audience: Belarus
Link to the disinformation: regnum.ru/news/polit/2574376.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Regnum.ru
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

The Belarusian constitution provides equal status of the two official languages – Belarusian and Russian (Article 17) – as well as equal status of religions in the country (Article 16). In practice, the majority of official correspondence, state media and education in Belarus operate in Russian.

The number of people claiming Belarusian as their native language is decreasing according to recent public opinion polls with only 3% speaking Belarusian on an everyday basis.

Keywords: Russian language
Countries: Russia, Belarus
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Skripal poisoning was an MI6 operation
Additional details: The Skripal poisoning was a strategic operation of the British special services. It was executed by British intelligence agency MI6, but was actually planned by the US. The operation was designed to have three distinct phases: the first began in March 2018, the second in the autumn of 2018, and the third and final stage will commence soon, with the announcement of Sergei Skripal's death.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: svpressa.ru/politic/article/224989/
Disinforming outlet(s): Svobodnaya Pressa
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

British police and intelligence investigations have produced sufficient hard evidence to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been identified as officers of the GRU, the Russian Military Intelligence service. More British public documents/statements on the case can be found here and here.

EU Member States support the UK's findings and unanimously decided to introduce sanctions against the GRU officers responsible as well as their commanding officers.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Provocation, Conspiracy, MI6
Countries: United States, UK, Russia, US
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Estonian FM admitted Russia is not interested in intervening in Estonian elections
Additional details: The Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser says that at present, Russia's attention is focused more on Ukraine's presidential elections than on interference in the elections and democratic processes of EU and NATO countries. In other words, he admitted that Russia is not interested in “intervening” in elections in Estonia, which will be held almost a month earlier than Ukraine's.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Baltnews.ee
Reported by:
Disproof note:

The Estonian Foreign Minister did not admit such a thing. In reality, he said: "Although our parliament will be soon elected, the presidential elections in Ukraine will be held in the end of March. No doubt, the interest of our eastern neighbour might be even larger in the results of elections in Ukraine and the ways to influence them rather than intervention in the elections and democratic processes of the EU and NATO allies."

Keywords: election meddling
Countries: Russia, Estonia
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Britain planned the Skripal poisoning to provoke Russia's collapse
Additional details: The UK dreams of destroying Russia. The Skripal poisoning was a British provocation to accelerate this.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Argumenty i Fakty
Reported by:
Disproof note:

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. The disinformation message was created as a series of inconsistencies, implying a UK government conspiracy behind the Skripal case.

British police have presented a solid chain of evidence about the Skripal case, including pictures, that connects the two suspects to particular locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public.

The claim about the UK's ambitions to "provoke Russia's collapse" is an unfounded conspiracy theory.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Provocation, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
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Estonian foreign policy is controlled by Washington
Additional details: The foreign policy of Estonia is controlled by Washington and the guidelines for its socio-economic development come mainly from Brussels.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Strategic Culture Foundation
Reported by:
Disproof note:

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about American influence in Europe. Previous examples this narrative include Europe being occupied by the US and thus having limited sovereignty, Germany's foreign and military policy being conducted under US supervision, and the outcome of Ukraine's presidential elections being decided in Washington.

Keywords: US presence in Europe
Countries: United States, Estonia
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Ukrainians can be forced to celebrate Europe Day instead of Victory Day
Additional details: Ukrainians are to be forced to celebrate Europe Day instead of Victory Day. The following project of bill was registered by Ukrainian deputies in Verkhovna Rada. This is part of the campaign to level down the Soviet holidays in Ukraine. Earlier, the director of the Institute of National Memory of Ukraine, Vladimir Vyatrovich, proposed a project to abolish Victory Day.

Attacks on holidays from the side of the Institute continue for the third year in a row: nationalists are trying to rewrite the Ukraine's history in accordance with new ideological guidelines. Victory Day and International Women's Day are particularly prominent targets of rejection.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina RU
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Unfounded claims, presented without evidence.

The project of bill was registered in May 2018, and is still pending consideration. According to the Verkhovna Rada's official website, the text does not refer to the replacement of holidays. The authors of the document propose to celebrate Europe Day at the same day as Victory Day in order to celebrate it together with other EU countries and "to witness in such way common European integration values, a common vision of the past and the future of our continent".

At the same time, the project has already been assessed by the Main Scientific and Expert Department. In the assessment, the department notes that the practice of celebrating Victory Day and Europe Day at different times has developed in Ukraine, and the nature of the celebration of these days is also different. “Based on the aforementioned, the Main Department notes that there are no purely legal obstacles to the adoption of the draft law, however, it draws attention to the inexpediency of celebrating two events, different in their orientation and goals, on the same day, as it is actually proposed in the draft law”.

Keywords: Europe
Countries: Ukraine, EU
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The UK killed Skripal to divert attention from Brexit
Additional details: The UK's anti-Russian provocation has entered its final phase: London is preparing the global audience for Sergei Skripal's death, and will announce it when a favourable moment arrives (e.g., Brexit or a possible "expropriation" of Russian assets).

In fact, Skripal is already dead because he refused to cooperate with the provocateurs, the British. They will summon his ghost whenever they deem it suitable.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Tsargrad TV
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about Skripal's death. There is no reasonable ground to assume that Sergei Skripal is dead.

Moreover, this is just one of many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Provocation, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
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Russians in Estonia have no one to elect as parties don't offer withdrawal from NATO
Additional details:
In the upcoming parliamentary elections, Russians in Estonia have nobody to elect since no party offers withdrawal from NATO.




Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Estonia
Reported by:
Disproof note:

According to the latest poll, 44% of Russians living in Estonia are in favour of NATO membership, while 38% are against and 18% have no opinion on the matter.

 

Keywords: NATO
Countries: Estonia
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Skripal has long been cremated and is in the urn
Additional details: Nobody has seen Sergei Skripal for six months. He has long been cremated and is in the urn.

The UK prepared the scenario of his death.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RIA FAN
Dni.ru
Tsargrad TV
News Front
Reported by:
Disproof note:

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Salisbury attack and Skripal's death. There are no grounds to believe that Sergei Skripal is dead rather than in hiding from those who attempted to murder him.

There are many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media about the Skripal poisoning.

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy
Countries: UK, Russia
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Europeans flee to Russia because of juvenile justice and homosexual dictatorship
Additional details: Europeans flee to Russia, saving themselves from juvenile justice, aggressive sex education and homosexual dictatorship. Some of them choose Crimea as their new permanent residence.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Life.ru
Tsargrad TV
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Europe's moral decay.

For more information, read our story about alleged migration of Western countries citizens to "Russia".

 

Keywords: European values, LGBT
Countries: Europe, Russia
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BBC producer under threat of persecution by Western intelligence services
Additional details: Following his disclosure of the staged video on the Douma attack, the Russian Ministry of Defence warns BBC producer Riam Dalati about a possible persecution by the Western intelligence services, especially those of the EU and the UK.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Spanish, Castilian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT Spanish
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given on the claims that the BBC producer Riam Dalati is threatened.

Read more on the Douma case:

The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

A BBC spokesperson said to RT that the views expressed on Twitter are those of Riam Dalati alone. Riam Dalati's Twitter account has been set to private, Sputnik provided a screenshot.

The Interim report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma states that "Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive" (p. 2).

See more disinfo cases on how  the White Helmets (Syrian Civil Defense) are working for ISIS or fake images of war crimes for Western audiences.

Keywords: Media, The West
Countries: UK, EU
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Estonian society is most concerned about the Islamization of Europe
Additional details:


Estonian society is most concerned about the Islamization of Europe.

Estonia sees what is done in France, England, Germany, Sweden and other countries when where they are trying to resettle Africa to Europe. Estonia sees the danger that is moving towards it too, and this is not a joke.

Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Estonia
Reported by:
Disproof note:

According to the latest data from Eurobarometer, 65% of Estonians think that the most important issue facing the EU is immigration, on the second place is terrorism with 25% and public finances is third with 14%. The most important issues facing Estonia are inflation and rising prices, followed by healthcare and taxes. Islamization did not make it to the list.

Keywords: migration
Countries: Estonia
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The West always knew the Douma hospital videos were fake
Additional details: The West knew from the beginning about the simulations of a chemical attack in Syria. The fake character of the video cannot and should not be questioned by anyone.
Language / Targeted audience: Spanish, Castilian
Disinforming outlet(s): RT Spanish
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Douma.The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

The Interim report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma states that "Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive" (p. 2).

An assessment made by French Ministry of foreign affairs relied not on "amateur images" but on examination of various pieces of evidence, including press pictures, declassified intelligence data and Non-governmental medical organizations active in Ghouta (Syrian American Society and Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations).

The French MFA specified that "the alleged use of bronchodilators by the medical services observed in the videos reinforces the hypothesis of intoxication with suffocating agents".

According to the EU, on 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime.

See our and Bellingcat's reporting how Russian and Syrian state media have used fiction movies to "prove" that the Douma attack was staged.

See more disinfo cases on how  the White Helmets (Syrian Civil Defense) are working for ISIS or fake images of war crimes for Western audiences.

Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, The West
Countries: Syria
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Russia did its utmost to save the INF treaty
Additional details: Russia did its utmost to save the INF Treaty. Russia was completely open with its US counterparts and showed what is was doing, but did not receive any response.
Language / Targeted audience: Italian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Italia
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty because of its noncompliance in several areas.

The US government issued detailed refutations of Russian accusations of US noncompliance with INF (see previous euvsdisinfo cases).

Moreover, the US government and NATO have raised serious concerns that the Russian 9M729 missile is in breach of INF Treaty obligations.

In a joint statement released after the meeting held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018, NATO Foreign Ministers stated that they “strongly support the finding ...that Russia is in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty.”

In a statement released on the 1st of February 2019, the North Atlantic Council noted that Russia had “taken no demonstrable steps toward returning to full and verifiable compliance” and that “Russia will bear sole responsibility for the end of the Treaty.”

For more disinformation cases on the INF treaty can be found here, here, here and here:

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Nuclear issues, Missile defence system
Countries: Russia, US
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Former US Army commander said the US will not defend Baltic States against Russia
Additional details: The US Army will not defend Lithuania and the other two Baltic states from Russia if it comes to an armed conflict.  At the traditional Snow Meeting in Vilnius on 10th January 2019, the illusions of the Baltic states were shattered by comments by Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, a former commander of the United States Army Europe.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Disinforming outlet(s): NATOs generlis gualkhdiloba da baltiispirelta iluziebis krakhi @ Geworld.ge
Reported by:
Disproof note:

False claim.

Ben Hodges, former commander of United States Army Europe did not say that US will not defend the Baltic States against Russia.

Lt Gen Hodges said in Vilnius that “right now, the US does not have the capacity to fight a conflict in the Pacific and continue to deter Russia and do all the other things that we have to do. So the European pillar - with American participation but the European pillar – has to be strong enough to continue to deter Russia."  He stressed the importance of the continuing development of the armed forces of European nations.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allies.

Keywords: US presence in Europe, NATO, Baltic states
Countries: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania
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Migrants force European women to wear hijab
Additional details: The mistake of Brussels led the Islamisation of Europe: migrants now force European women to wear hijab.
Language / Targeted audience:
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about migrants and Islamisation.

Keywords: migration, Islamisation, Muslim/Islam
Countries: Europe, EU
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Missile strikes against Syria based on fabrications, West will ignore new evidence
Additional details: US and EU politicians, who authorised strikes on Syria over false evidence, will try to avoid responsibility.

Over the past few years, the Russian Defence Ministry has repeatedly stressed that sooner or later, the truth about these fabrications of Western countries would make its way to the light. And many current high-level policymakers in the United States and Europe, who then called for the 'protection of peaceful Syrians from the regime's terrible chemical attacks' and authorised missile and air strikes on Syria, will try to 'forget' this issue to avoid moral, political and criminal responsibility.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik News
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Douma. The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

RT's anchor admits himself in the last seconds of the report: "We don't know what evidence the BBC producer has". A BBC spokesperson said to RT that the views expressed on Twitter are those of Riam Dalati alone.

The Interim report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma, it is stated: "Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive" (p. 2).

See our reporting and Bellingcat coverage how Russian and Syrian state media has used fiction movies to "prove" the Douma attacks were staged.

See more disinfo cases on how  the White Helmets (Syrian Civil Defense) are working for ISIS or fake images of war crimes for Western audiences.

Keywords: Douma, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack
Countries: EU, US, Syria
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The West has aggressive intentions against Russia and its allies just as in 1938
Additional details: This year's Munich Security conference brings to mind the Munich agreement of 1938, which allowed Nazi Germany to begin its large-scale aggression in Europe. As in 1938, when the West expected to facilitate Nazi Germany's aggression against the USSR, many guests of today's Munich Conference have aggressive intentions towards Russia. They are preparing the ground by spreading speculation about Russian aggression and interference in Western elections. The Munich Security Conference has little impact on security in Europe. The meeting between Putin and Lukashenko and the development of the Union State is of greater importance for peace in Europe and globally, than discussions at the Munich Conference.
Language / Targeted audience: Belarus
Disinforming outlet(s): Teleskop
Reported by:
Disproof note:
No evidence given.
Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia and its allies such as Belarus. See earlier cases about the West encircling Russia.

 

Keywords: World War 2, Historical revisionism
Countries: Russia, The West, Belarus, Germany
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Putin's talks with Lukashenka have caused a hysterical reaction of the West
Additional details: The West was engaged in fierce information war before the meeting of Putin and Lukashenko. The West is involved in this war because it opposes unification of Belarus and Russia  - which is one of the most important geopolitical issues and will determine the fate of the world. It would mean another step towards restoration of borders of Great Russia (USSR).
Language / Targeted audience: Belarus
Link to the disinformation: regnum.ru/news/polit/2574376.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Regnum
Reported by:
Disproof note:

No evidence given.

There was no hysteria in the West regarding the Putin - Lukashenka meeting, the West was not engaged in information war.

Mainstream Western media gave little coverage to the meeting. For example, the article devoted to the negotiations on Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe only pointed out that the Belarusian leader skipped the 15-17 February Munich Security Conference.  British daily Telegraph described the various sports activities Lukashenko and Putin exercised in addition to their talks. After the meeting  the AFP quoted the "Moscow Times" which claimed that Belarus is ready to merge with Russia.

Keywords: Colour revolutions, Vladimir Putin, Euromaidan
Countries: The West, Belarus
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The Head of the Belarusian Language Society Alena Anisim is responsible for Novy Chas “Russophobe” publications about Chechnya
Additional details: Alena Anisim, member of the National Assembly (the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament) and the head of the Belarusian Language Society, is responsible for the “Russophobic” articles about the Chechen fighters from 1990s, published in Novy Chas (New Time in English) newspaper. Alena Anisim has declared her candidacy in the upcoming Presidential elections in Belarus, promoting the Belarusian language and culture.

The editorial board of the “Telescope” outlet has reported Alena Anisim to the Prosecutor General, the Minister of Information and the Minister of Internal Affairs, requesting a criminal investigation on the matter.
Language / Targeted audience: Belarus
Disinforming outlet(s): EADaily
Reported by:
Disproof note:

An unfounded claim on Ms. Anisim's responsibility for the articles in question.

Novy chas is one of the few independent Belarusian newspapers remaining relevant in a difficult situation with the mass-media in Belarus, where most of the independent media outlets are regularly oppressed. Over the last few years political activist and journalist Mikalai Dziadok published several articles on the Chechen military leaders who fought against Russia and for independence during Russian-Chechen wars in 1990s.

For these reasons pro-Russian forces have attacked the Belarusian newspaper Novy Chas and used this opportunity to accuse the head of the Belarusian Language Society, MP and potential presidential candidate Alena Anisim, who is allegedly founder of the newspaper operation, of russophobia.

In fact, the founder of the Novy Chas newspaper is the Minsk branch of the Belarusian Language Society, not the Central one led by Ms. Anisim.

Keywords: Chechnya, Russophobia, Information war
Countries: Russia, Belarus
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NATO impoverished Moldova
Additional details: NATO is a threat to the Republic of Moldova.

This collaboration with NATO, besides putting our budget on the brink, creates problems with Russia, which is our strategic partner.

Besides creating inter-ethnic problems, with 70 percent of the population being against NATO, [...] this collaboration with NATO creates serious problems for our peace and the political stability of the country. Look at all the NATO states, they all have terrorist acts.
Language / Targeted audience: Moldova
Disinforming outlet(s): NTV Moldova, Oficial Moldova, Realitatealive Moldova
Reported by:
Disproof note:

Following  request for access to public information, the Ministry of Defense declared that, last year, only 50,000 lei were allocated from the public budget for military participation in missions abroad.

Previous sociological surveys, such as the May 2018 Barometer of Public Opinion, estimate that 53.8% of Moldovan citizens are against the accession of the Republic of Moldova to NATO. This figure is significantly below the 70% referenced in the articles.

According to data presented in the Global Terrorism Index for 2018, among the top 50 countries in the world where terrorist acts took place last year, there are only 8 of the 29 NATO member countries. At the same time, the index of terrorism in some NATO countries included in this Index (such as Spain, Belgium, Greece or Germany) is even lower than that in Russia.

 

Keywords: election meddling, EU/NATO enlargement, Manipulated elections/referendum, NATO
Countries: Moldova
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The US interferes in Moldova's parliamentary elections
Additional details: The United States of America and US Ambassador to Chisinau, Dereck J. Hogan, are interfering in the parliamentary elections in Moldova.

As soon as he took office last autumn, Hogan began to be actively involved in the internal processes of the Republic of Moldova. He publicly supported some politicians over others, offering recommendations on the conduct of parliamentary elections.

The US ambassador's non-diplomatic manners clearly reflect US habits, combining threats with promises and imposing their will. Moldova should not become another area for such irresponsible experiments that destroyed Iraq and Libya, and threw Syria and Ukraine into the abyss of bloody conflicts.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Sputnik Moldova, UAport, KP.md, Syfeed, Deschide Moldova, Newsmd, Golos Moldova
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The US Ambassador's message to Moldova was distorted and misinterpreted. He has publicly stated that the US will support the development of democracy in Moldova.

At a meeting with students at a Moldovan university, the ambassador declared at the beginning of February that he hoped that the citizens with the right to vote would make the right choice during the February 24th parliamentary elections. He reiterated that from the US, the Republic of Moldova will receive all necessary support: ”No matter who wins the elections, we will continue to support Moldova's sovereign right to choose its own way - but we believe that establishing closer ties with the United States and Europe will strengthen the prospects for a brighter and prosperous future. To this end, we will continue to support Moldova's economic development by developing stronger trade and investment ties with the United States. We will support Moldova's sovereign right to seek new trade and investment partners throughout the region and the world to strengthen the country's economic development”.

Keywords: election meddling, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
Countries: Moldova, US
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The US is spending a lot of money to instigate a colour revolution in Russia
Additional details: The US is spending a lot of money to instigate a colour revolution in Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8xB-yW6ICI
Disinforming outlet(s): Kto Protiv @ Rossiya 1 (1:19:45 - 1:20:00)
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Conspiracy theory. No evidence given.

Consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the colour revolutions and Russian media conspiracy theories based on the premise that everyone is against Russia.

Keywords: Colour revolutions, Conspiracy
Countries: Russia, US
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Chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria was staged, as the video of victims in the hospital is fake
Additional details: The footage of people being treated after an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria was staged. US President made decision to bomb Syria based on one video.

 
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkDuEMfQtQs
Disinforming outlet(s): Vremya Pokazhet @ Pervyi kanal (35:49 - 45:37)
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No reliable evidence that footage of people being treated in a hospital after chemical weapons attack in Douma is fake.

The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

The Interim report of the OPCW fact-finding mission in Syria regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma states that "Various chlorinated organic chemicals were found in samples from Locations 2 and 4, along with residues of explosive" (p. 2).

Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that chemical attack in Douma, Syria was staged. See our and Bellingcat's reporting how Russian and Syrian state media have used fiction movies to "prove" that the Douma attack was fabricated.

Background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime, according to the EU.

In April 2018, the US Government assessed with high confidence, that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons in the eastern Damascus suburb of Duma on April 7, based on descriptions of the attack in multiple media sources, the reported symptoms experienced by victims, videos and images showing two assessed barrel bombs from the attack, and reliable information indicating coordination between Syrian military officials before the attack.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

Keywords: Douma, Chemical weapons/attack, Provocation, Syrian War
Countries: Syria
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Civilian killings during Euromaidan were orchestrated by opposition leaders
Additional details: Neither then-president Viktor Yanukovych nor Ukrainian law enforcement commanded or participated in civilian killings during the Euromaidan protests. In fact, a number of witnesses said that these killings were orchestrated by Euromaidan's leaders: Parubiy, Pashynskyi, and Turchynov.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: youtu.be/3GejnVlkJ4Y?t=138
Disinforming outlet(s): Velyke Intervyu @112 Ukraina time 01:55-02:45
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This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan protests.

According to a 2015 report by the Council of Europe, “Berkut” special forces (subordinated under the Ministry of Internal Affairs) were responsible for the majority of deaths during Euromaidan. The New York Times also established that “Berkut” forces were behind the killings that took place on February 18-21.

Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has furthermore stated that a connection was established between the killings and then-President Yanukovych and then-Minister for Internal Affairs, Vitaliy Zakharchenko. Both fled to Russia. “After we finish investigations, we will show evidence that Yanukovych, Zakharchenko, Yakymenko, Shuliak, respectively the president, the heads of the Internal Affairs Ministry, Security Services and Internal Forces of Ukraine gave the orders to kill more than a hundred people,” the Prosecutor General stated in an interview in January 2019.

Investigations have also established that Mykhail Zhiznevsky was shot with a type of ammunition used only by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Keywords: Berkut, Ukraine, Andriy Parubiy, Oleksandr Turchynov, Euromaidan, Viktor Yanukovych
Countries: Ukraine
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Pompeo warns EU allies that they will "face consequences" for using Huawei products
Additional details: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned European allies that if they continue using any equipment manufactured by Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant accused of fraud and espionage, they will face negative consequences from the United States.

Speaking at official meetings in Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland, Pompeo "made known the risks" facing European governments that fail to follow Washington's advice.

Pompeo's warning appears to have paid off. French telecom company Orange has announced it will no longer procure Huawei equipment to develop France's first 5G network.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): RT
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The report cherry-picks quotes from Mike Pompeo's remarks during his Eastern Europe trip on February 11th-12th 2019, serving the common pro-Kremlin narrative that the US exerts excessive influence on Europe's regional and domestic politics (see previous disinformation cases about Washington's iron grip on Germany's security policy, the UK central bank, and the European Parliament).

In his remarks, Pompeo never uses the word "consequences" in relation to EU countries' continued use of Huawei products. In each of his three speeches, Pompeo only cites "risks" potentially faced by private citizens, and moreover never implies a cooling of relations between EU Member States and the US. He merely acknowledges that the US will not place its equipment anywhere that might involve a security risk from the proximity of Chinese technology. See Pompeo's speech in Hungary on February 11th 2019 and his speeches in Poland and Slovakia on February 12th 2019.

 

Keywords: Mike Pompeo, US presence in Europe, Other
Countries: United States, Hungary, China, Slovakia, US, Poland
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Eastern Europe is left behind as the rich Europeans unite
Additional details: The Aachen agreement between Germany and France creates a high-speed Europe relying on French nuclear weapons and German industry. Eastern Europe will be hopelessly outside this Brave New World, created by the rich Europeans.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Rubaltic.ru
Tsargrad.tv
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Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, stated at a speech on the occasion of the signing of the Aachen agreement, that the agreement is strengthening European integration

According to the Financial Times, rather than an inevitable march towards a Franco-German superstate, diplomats say the treaty is like its predecessors: a way to avoid outright economic and diplomatic competition between the EU’s strongest continental powers and keep some focus on shared projects.

Keywords: Conspiracy, Europe
Countries: Germany, France
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