France calls for EU to escalate information war against Russia

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According to France’s Europe Minister Laurence Boone, the US should “assist” nations applying to join the EU in order to counter a “Russian influence strategy” that throws doubt on the virtues of membership.

Speaking to Politico about the EU’s discussions on a possible quick expansion, the minister said that there is “a lot of disinformation and interference” within states seeking membership when it comes to how to qualify. According to Wednesday’s story, some European authorities have insisted that new members be approved on merit.

Russia was attempting to “weaken the European Union” by blocking its enlargement, according to Boone. Brussels should assist in combating skeptics “as much as possible, while respecting their sovereignty.”

Western Balkan republics and Ukraine have been highlighted as possible candidates for EU membership in the next phase of enlargement. The European Council President, Charles Michel, and the EU’s diplomacy head, Josep Borrell, have established 2030 as the target year.

Senior Russian officials have chastised the EU and its member states for their reliance on the US. They contended that European servility had rendered the union’s foreign-policy goals indistinguishable from those of NATO.

Imposing anti-Russia economic sanctions and backing Kiev’s ambitions in its confrontation with Moscow, rather than advancing peace talks, ran counter to key public interests in the West, notably in Europe, according to the Russian leadership.

“Today’s West is steered by people like Josep Borrell who divide the world into a blooming ‘garden’ and ‘the jungle,’ where the latter clearly applies to most of humanity,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview last month, explaining the perceived irrationality of Western behavior.

He was referring to a widely condemned remark made by the top EU ambassador last October, in which he contrasted Europe with the majority of the rest of the world. He then apologized for the metaphor, stating it was not meant to sound colonialist or racist, as many countries saw it.

Officials in Brussels have hailed the Ukrainian crisis as a unifying moment for the union, which has a history of internal squabbles, and have stated that member states had to pay the price of disconnecting from the Russian economy.