Disinfo: A new war announced: Germany sends warships to Russia

Summary

Germany is ready to send German warships to the Kerch Strait and the Black Sea.

Disproof

No evidence given.Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West preparing a war in the East.

Germany reassured that it is ready to continue the support of Ukraine in the de-escalation and deterrence of the Russian armed aggression, including through the presence of the military vessels of German Navy in the Black Sea as Ukraine’s Defence Ministry reported.

The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Sea of Azov.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Azerbaijani
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Black Sea, War preparation
  • Outlet: Publika Azerbaijan
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Britan is under the thumb of the United States

Bank of England refused to give Nicolas Maduro 1,1 billion in gold and thus Britain and its central bank have shown themselves to be under the thumb of the United States.

Disproof

Recurring disinfo narrative about the US orchestrating different international events. For example, according to pro-Kremlin media, the thumb of the US is so large that it covers German foreign policy, German media, European Parliament and Russia's accordance with the INF Treaty.

According to Sir Alan Duncan, minister of the Americas, the refusal to give gold to Maduro was a decision for the Bank to make: "The Bank of England holds a significant amount of Venezuela's gold. This is a decision for the Bank of England, not the government," he said. "No doubt they will take into account when they do the fact that a large number of countries across the world are now questioning the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro and recognising that of Juan Guaido."

70 percent of Ukrainians have a positive attitude towards Russia

The attitude of the Ukrainian population towards Russia has changed. Earlier the proportion of people having a positive attitude towards Russia was 30% with 70% having a negative attitude, today it is 70% positive and 30% negative.

Disproof

According to poll from five years ago almost 80% of Ukrainians were positive towards Russia. A poll from September 2018 shows that approximately 48% of Ukrainians had a positive attitude towards Russia, among them 10% were very positive; 32% expressed very negative views and 20% didn’t know. The poll also indicated that 58.1% of Ukrainians supported integration to the EU and 46.3% to NATO. Only 9.4% of respondents believe that Ukraine should restore relations with Russia. and the Commonwealth of Independent Nations.

A poll conducted in January 2019 consisted the following question: “If Ukraine could enter one international economic union, which of the following should it be?” 53% of respondents preferred the EU and 13% (the lowest of all times) gave preference to a Customs Union with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. In February 2014, 41% supported the EU and 36% the Customs Union.

The US is helping ISIS in Afghanistan

US forces helped 40 ISIS commanders to escape from a Taliban prison in Badghis, Northwest Afghanistan. According to Iranian news agency Tasnim, quoted by Sputnik, the prisoners, all of them foreigners, were carried away by helicopters after US troops attacked the prison and killed every guard two weeks earlier.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US supporting ISIS.

The story was initially aired by Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in mid-January, and then reported by Sputnik as: “Russia announces new evidence of links between the US and ISIS”. According to that narrative, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested that the US was interested in separating ISIS prisoners and seizing documents from the prison to avoid information leaks about the links between this country and the terrorist organization.