East StratCom disinformation claim:
Europe needs Moldova as a buffer zone against Russia and that is the only reason why Moldova has been included in the Eastern Partnership.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 30. November 2016
Moldova is a sovereign state. Eastern Partnership countries and the EU commit to deepening their ties, including through free trade agreements, eventual visa liberalisation and EUfunded projects. The Eastern Partnership offers both bilateral and multilateral measures for enhanced cooperation. The agreements does not concern any other countries that the ones cooperating within the partnership https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/moldova/1538/moldova-and-the-eu_en. The EU does not treat its neighbours as “buffer zone”
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by EEAS Chisinau in Disinformation Review issue 51. The item is located at row number 15 in the report.