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Russian aid to Italy, dubbed an ‘influence operation’ by EU-partnered media outfit, is indeed shameful — for Europe

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EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen admitted Thursday that “in the face of the need for a common European response” to the pandemic, too many EU countries “thought only of their own” problems. Brussels will now “mobilize alongside Italy,” she said. With nearly 14,000 dead, surely it’s about time.

The decision to put up a united European front came only after Russia had sent doctors, personal protective equipment and 600 ventilators, among other supplies to Italy, which has suffered more Covid-19 cases and deaths than any other country in Europe. China and Cuba also sent critical supplies to help Italy battle the outbreak — and to their credit, some European nations including Germany and France did too, but not before trying to block the export of essential supplies to their neighbors in need in anticipation of domestic shortages. The bottom line is, there was certainly no “united” European response of the kind Italians might have been expecting.

In the face of such a disastrous failure, one might have assumed that the ensuing outrage would be directed at Brussels for essentially fiddling while Rome burned. Instead, journalists appear to be more interested in the “optics” of allowing Russian help where European help was absent. They could hardly pass up on the opportunity to dismiss Moscow’s aid as nothing more than a PR........

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