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Georgia risks compromising its relation with the West and returning to Russia's orbit if ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili dies in prison

Georgia risks compromising its relation with the West and returning to Russia's orbit if ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili dies in prison

Over the past year, the health of the former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is serving a six-year prison sentence, has been a major topic of political debate both inside and outside of Georgia. The opposition and Saakashvili's lawyers say he should be transferred to a European clinic to be treated for mental illness, personality deterioration and severe depression. The government claims that the former president is faking it. Finally, signals are coming from Brussels that if Mikheil Saakashvili dies in detention, Georgia's European future could be jeopardized.

Diana Shanava
Diana Shanava
20 Jan 2023
FAKE NEWS: Brussels greenlights the annexation of the Republic of Moldova by Romania

FAKE NEWS: Brussels greenlights the annexation of the Republic of Moldova by Romania

The European Union has greenlighted the annexation of the Republic of Moldova by Romania, and the puppet government in Chisinau accepts this, according to fake news that repeats one of the narratives promoted by Russian propaganda and pro-Moscow voices in the Republic of Moldova. In reality, Brussels has never spoken in favor of unification, considering the Republic of Moldova an independent state, to which it offered the EU accession candidate status.

Veridica
Veridica
09 Jan 2023
FAKE NEWS: The EU makes Moldova's accession conditional on the legalization of same-sex marriages

FAKE NEWS: The EU makes Moldova's accession conditional on the legalization of same-sex marriages

“The accession of the Republic of Moldova to the EU, conditional on the legalization of LGBT marriages”, headlined national.ro, the topic being immediately taken up by pro-Kremlin news sites in the Republic of Moldova and Russia. In fact, it is not an obligation, but a recommendation from May of the European Parliament regarding the rights of the LGBT community. Moreover, the Republic of Moldova later obtained the status of candidate country without having to legalize marriages between people of the same sex.

Veridica
Veridica
29 Dec 2022
Moldova’s “patriots”, from Iurie Roșca to Ilan Shor: politicians serving Moscow’s interests in Chișinău (II)

Moldova’s “patriots”, from Iurie Roșca to Ilan Shor: politicians serving Moscow’s interests in Chișinău (II)

Rusia a avut mereu oamenii săi printre reprezentanții clasei politice și administrației de la Chișinău. Unii nici nu au încercat să-și ascundă relația cu Moscova, alții par să-și fi jucat foarte bine rolul, plasându-se în fruntea unor mișcări naționale și proeuropene, ceea ce, probabil, i-a permis Rusiei să controleze anumite procese politice din interior. Veridica îi amintește, în acest al doilea episod, pe cei care au menținut Republica Moldova în siajul Moscovei pentru o bună parte din ultimele două decenii.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
16 Dec 2022
The Euro is poised to become the next target of disinformation in Bulgaria

The Euro is poised to become the next target of disinformation in Bulgaria

As pro-Europeans in Sofia are confident that Bulgaria will switch to the Euro in 2024 pro-Russian parties claim the adoption of the EU single currency will only bring economic instability. Debates and heated exchanges on this topic might become part of the political landscape in the next two years. Disinformation is bound to be part of the picture.

Svetoslav Todorov
Svetoslav Todorov
30 Nov 2022
Dan Stoenescu, Chargé d'Affaires of the European Union to Syria: “The situation in Ukraine is also affecting Syria”

Dan Stoenescu, Chargé d'Affaires of the European Union to Syria: “The situation in Ukraine is also affecting Syria”

Syria remains a country ravaged by conflict and a deep humanitarian crisis, a place of conflicting interests of multiple state and non-state actors, says the Chargé d'Affaires of the European Union to Syria, Dan Stoenescu*. In an interview for TVR and Veridica, Dan Stoenescu explained that, although it doesn’t recognize the Assad regime, the EU keeps communication channels open in order to provide assistance to the Syrian people. The EU official also spoke about the link between the war in Syria and the one in Ukraine.

Marian Voicu
Marian Voicu
04 Nov 2022
Turkey continues to stir the pot in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East

Turkey continues to stir the pot in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East

In the first half of 2022, Turkey seemed to be trying to tone down its aggressive policies in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean. Yet all these efforts were but a ruse. In fact, Ankara never renounced key elements underlying its aggressive strategy. It has recently actually dialed up its aggression in relations with Tripoli, which can further deteriorate the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
21 Oct 2022
“The European Political Community” for Moldova and Ukraine: between skepticism and ambiguity

“The European Political Community” for Moldova and Ukraine: between skepticism and ambiguity

French President Emmanuel Macron's project for a “European Political Community” is back in the spotlight after months of not much talk about it. It is known that the project also targets partner states outside the EU, but it is not at all clear what it means for the countries that want to join the EU; there are fears that, through the formation of the Community, accession could be postponed indefinitely, that the executive in Brussels will support the French proposal.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
28 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The referendums of the annexation of Russian-held territories in eastern and southern Ukraine observe the UN Charter

WAR PROPAGANDA: The referendums of the annexation of Russian-held territories in eastern and southern Ukraine observe the UN Charter

The population of Donbas, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson have a right to self-determination under the UN Charter, which makes the referendums in southern and eastern Ukraine legitimate, says Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. In fact, Russia violated the UN Declaration on the Principles of International Law by invading Ukraine, and the international community will not recognize the referendums.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
24 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: The secret services will orchestrate protests to justify the EU abandoning Ukraine

FAKE NEWS: The secret services will orchestrate protests to justify the EU abandoning Ukraine

European Union Member States will abandon Ukraine ahead of the cold season lest Russia should suspend its gas deliveries and for fear of a nuclear threat coming from Moscow. To justify their decision, EU countries will play host to a number of protests with the help of the secret services.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
23 Sep 2022
FAKE NEWS: The EU abandoned the Republic of Moldova, and Romania doubled the price of electricity

FAKE NEWS: The EU abandoned the Republic of Moldova, and Romania doubled the price of electricity

The European Union has abandoned the Republic of Moldova, Romania has doubled its energy tariff, and the anti-Russian policy of the government in Chisinau has triggered deep crises, baltnews.com writes. In reality, the West is the biggest financial supporter of the Republic of Moldova, which is affected by the crisis just like the rest of the countries in the region.

Veridica
Veridica
19 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Russia is not to blame for the energy and natural gas price surge

DISINFORMATION: Russia is not to blame for the energy and natural gas price surge

Russia is not to blame for the global rise in energy prices, it is the fault of an increasingly greedy Europe that has created “energy bubbles”. This false narrative, promoted in an online publication in Romania, repeats Russian propaganda and ignores Moscow's actions that actually led to the current situation.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
14 Sep 2022
How the Republic of Moldova distanced itself from Russia under the pro-European leadership and against the background of the war in Ukraine

How the Republic of Moldova distanced itself from Russia under the pro-European leadership and against the background of the war in Ukraine

The Republic of Moldova has increasingly distanced itself from Russia since the pro-European forces came to power in Chisinau following the early parliamentary elections of July 2021. The new government has taken a series of measures to reduce Moscow's influence and the dependence on it and sought, at the same time, to get in line, as much as possible, with the Western stands.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
13 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Romania and Europe will freeze next winter

DISINFORMATION: Romania and Europe will freeze next winter

Romania, just like the other European countries, will suffer terribly because of the gas price and Russia's decision to partially halt gas supplies to Europe, but this is only the fault of the European leaders, who punished Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine. The false narrative ignores the fact that Russia needs the Europeans’ money, and the latter have taken steps to avoid a major energy crisis.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
08 Sep 2022
Ukrainians believe in victory, are partial to Euro-Atlantic integration and keep a critical eye on the authorities

Ukrainians believe in victory, are partial to Euro-Atlantic integration and keep a critical eye on the authorities

Most Ukrainians believe their country will win the war against Russia, reads a recent survey carried out by the International Republican Institute. The study also reveals that Ukrainians continue to argue in favor of Euro-Atlantic integration, although their perception of NATO reported fluctuations due to delays or readiness to provide military assistance, and they remain critical of their elected officials, despite the war.

Angela Grămadă
Angela Grămadă
07 Sep 2022
The region of Găgăuzia in the Republic of Moldova – Moscow’s Trojan horse

The region of Găgăuzia in the Republic of Moldova – Moscow’s Trojan horse

Găgăuzia is perhaps the most pro-Russian region in the Republic of Moldova. A breakaway region since the early 90s, Găgăuzia eventually recognized Chișinău’s sovereignty, although it wants to break with this country in the event of a unification with Romania or even EU accession.

Veridica
Veridica
05 Sep 2022
DISINFORMATION: Most Romanians want their country to leave NATO and the EU

DISINFORMATION: Most Romanians want their country to leave NATO and the EU

Most Romanian nationals want their country to leave NATO and the EU and there is no party that can politically capitalize on this move, according to a false narrative promoted by Gold FM, a radio station previously linked to promoting disinformation and fake news. The narrative is contradicted by surveys.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
01 Sep 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: Terrorists are trained on EU territory with a view to launching attacks against the civilian population in Donbas

WAR PROPAGANDA: Terrorists are trained on EU territory with a view to launching attacks against the civilian population in Donbas

European Union Member States have created centers for training mercenaries and terrorists who will kill civilians in Donbas, reads a recent propaganda narrative promoted by the Russian government media. In fact, the EU doesn’t have any such centers on its territory. European Union Member States have repeatedly condemned international terrorism and have called on Russia to stop its armed aggression against Ukraine.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
30 Aug 2022
The impact of the first six months of war in Ukraine on the Republic of Moldova

The impact of the first six months of war in Ukraine on the Republic of Moldova

Sharing a 1000-kilometer long border with Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova has been affected by the war started by Russia on February 24 too. Veridica has spoken with several analysts in Chisinau to learn more about the main problems facing the Republic of Moldova, a state that is simultaneously facing an economic and an energy crisis, while at the same time trying to deal with a significant number of Ukrainian refugees.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
24 Aug 2022
Why is an anti-oligarchic law necessary in the Republic of Moldova?

Why is an anti-oligarchic law necessary in the Republic of Moldova?

The European track of the Republic of Moldova involves a break with its recent past, when the country was virtually at the mercy of highly influential oligarchs, who used their political leverage and media influence to create a genuine kleptocracy. One solution would be to apply the model employed by Ukraine, a country that passed a anti-oligarchic law.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
17 Aug 2022
European solidarity, tested by the Russian gas crisis

European solidarity, tested by the Russian gas crisis

The war in Ukraine brought back into focus an issue that had been known for a long time: Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. First, the possibility of European sanctions was raised, then Moscow reduced supplies, which caused panic in some Western capitals. What can Europeans do to escape Russian blackmail and how much should they fear the coming winter?

Ionuț Iamandi
Ionuț Iamandi
27 Jul 2022
A geopolitical precedent: Russia’s embargo on Moldovan wines has had the opposite effect than the one expected by Moscow

A geopolitical precedent: Russia’s embargo on Moldovan wines has had the opposite effect than the one expected by Moscow

Over the past two decades, Moldovan wines have become one of the key elements in the geopolitical war between Chisinau and Moscow, but also a symbol of Moldova's attempt to escape the Russian influence.

Corneliu Rusnac
Corneliu Rusnac
20 Jul 2022
Chisinau – Bucharest: a diplomatic success in times of war

Chisinau – Bucharest: a diplomatic success in times of war

The security context and the political will in Chisinau were the main valid arguments used by Romanian diplomacy in supporting the Republic of Moldova on its European path. The Republic of Moldova managed, in less than four months, from March 3rd till June 23rd, to shift from the status of country that officially applied for EU membership to that of candidate country. By comparison, the Western Balkan states received a clear European perspective from Brussels 19 years after the EU Thessaloniki Summit in 2003.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
20 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: Whistleblowers are “snitches”

DISINFORMATION: Whistleblowers are “snitches”

Whistleblowers are “snitches”, much like the former informers of the Securitate in the communist period, according to a false narrative promoted in Bucharest by an actual ex-informer, Sorin Roșca Stănescu. The narrative has been circulated in the context of the adoption of a whistleblower law by the Chamber of Deputies, robbing the former of whatever protection they were offered under EU law.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
08 Jul 2022
How Chisinau got under an extended security umbrella after the NATO summit in Madrid

How Chisinau got under an extended security umbrella after the NATO summit in Madrid

The regional context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine has inevitably led to a change in NATO's Strategic Concept. Accents have changed, and Russia has turned from a strategic partner of NATO into a “direct threat” to the security of the member states of the Alliance, as well as to some of their neighbors, including the Republic of Moldova.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
06 Jul 2022
DISINFORMATION: Moldova will enter a profound crisis when, pressed by the EU, it introduces sanctions against Russia

DISINFORMATION: Moldova will enter a profound crisis when, pressed by the EU, it introduces sanctions against Russia

The Republic of Moldova will enter a profound crisis if it joins the European Union and anti-Russian sanctions, the Russian official news agency and the Moldovan fugitive oligarch, Ilan Shor, claim. The issue of anti-Russian sanctions exploited by Russian propaganda and Russia’s agents of influence is one of the recurrent threats Kremlin uses to pressure Chișinău.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
04 Jul 2022
The Republic of Moldova: what will change now that it was granted EU candidate status

The Republic of Moldova: what will change now that it was granted EU candidate status

Last week’s announcement that the Republic of Moldova had received the status of EU candidate country is going to be a game changer for Chisinau, but it will also bring new challenges.

Mădălin Necșuțu
Mădălin Necșuțu
30 Jun 2022
WAR PROPAGANDA: The EU will deport to Ukraine refugee men in order to be enrolled in the Ukrainian army

WAR PROPAGANDA: The EU will deport to Ukraine refugee men in order to be enrolled in the Ukrainian army

The EU will deport to Ukraine refugee men so they can be enrolled in the Ukrainian army, the Kremlin-affiliated media writes. In fact, deporting refugees to their country of origin is forbidden under international law, which means Ukrainian citizens who fled the war and came to the EU cannot be sent back.

Marin Gherman
Marin Gherman
30 Jun 2022
DISINFORMATION: The EU grants the status of candidate to Russophobic countries that have nothing to gain from that

DISINFORMATION: The EU grants the status of candidate to Russophobic countries that have nothing to gain from that

According to narratives launched by pro-Russian politicians in Chisinau and officials in Moscow, the European Union offers the status of accession candidate using Russophobia as a criterion and, together with NATO, is building a war coalition against Russia. Such narratives have appeared in the context in which the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine received the status of candidate countries for EU accession.

Mariana Vasilache
Mariana Vasilache
29 Jun 2022
Serbia is being targeted by a massive bomb threat campaign. Is it the work of the West, Russia or Belgrade’s own intelligence services?

Serbia is being targeted by a massive bomb threat campaign. Is it the work of the West, Russia or Belgrade’s own intelligence services?

For more than a month, Serbia has been the target of mass bomb threats. Pro-government tabloids and some high-ranking officials claim that the campaign has behind it the West and is connected to Belgrade’s reluctance to impose sanctions on Russia, while offering no proof for the allegations. However, Russia, or Serbia’s own intelligence services may as well be interested to launch such a campaign.

Vuk Velebit
Vuk Velebit
25 May 2022
End of the line for “European Turkey”? The link between Erdoğan’s shift to authoritarianism, Turkish nationalism and blocking the NATO accession of Finland and Sweden

End of the line for “European Turkey”? The link between Erdoğan’s shift to authoritarianism, Turkish nationalism and blocking the NATO accession of Finland and Sweden

Turkey’s threats to veto Sweden and Finland’s NATO accession were interpreted as an attempt to secure certain concessions from the West in the context of economic difficulties at home. The previous policies of the Erdoğan administration – and of post-Ottoman Turkey in general – suggest that Ankara is actually pushing for more: it wants to impose its own agenda and perception over its allies.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
19 May 2022
Why Erdogan's Turkey will not be able to rebuild its relations with its Western allies

Why Erdogan's Turkey will not be able to rebuild its relations with its Western allies

More and more international observers wonder if Turkish leaders, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in particular, are truly capable of implementing a change. There are some signs indicating this might be possible, although the more knowledgeable pundits remain sceptic, claiming that a return to the reformist agenda of the early years of the government’s mandate (2002-2009) is impossible.

Dragoș Mateescu
Dragoș Mateescu
21 Apr 2022