Disinfo: Aim of UN resolution on militarisation of Crimea was to interrupt the Normandy summit

Summary

The UN adopted an Ukrainian resolution of “militarization” of Crimea, which calls on Russia to withdraw its troops. The aim of the resolution was to interrupt the Normandy Four meeting. But UN is silent on militarisation of the region from the side of NATO.

Disproof

New take on the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that Crimea joined Russia legitimately. Also, consistent with the narrative that Ukraine is not interested in peace and that NATO is involved in the militarisation of the Black Sea region.

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which urges the Russian Federation to withdraw its military forces from Crimea and end its temporary occupation of Ukraine’s territory without delay. It did not aim to interrupt the Normandy summit.

NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Black Sea are not directed against Russia – or any other country. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years.Sea Breeze military exercises have been taking place each year since 1997, while Agile Spirit joint military exercises started in 2001 under a different name and were celebrated on a biennial base since then, so they can’t be considered a source of increased tensions.

Here you can see other examples of disinformation on NATO alleged goals in Crimea and its intentions to introduce a fleet to the Azov Sea, provocations against Russia in the Black Sea or the dangers created by the Alliance’s activities in those waters.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: United Nations, War in Ukraine, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Ossetia time 00:01 - 00:13, 00:27 - 00:29, 1:22 - 1:36, nurtv.kz, Izvestia, Tass
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Nazis and Vatican oppose the Union State between Belarus and Russia

There should be a strong information and education stream of truth telling that Belarusians and Great Russians are integral branches of one, Russian people, which was artificially divided. The reunification of divided Russian people of Great, Little, and White Rus’ and the victory over anti-Christian Western globalist project is sacred.

Only a few Nazis and their liberal friends in Vatican and Moscow stand against the sacred Union of Great and White Rus’. The Vatican actively assists Belarusian Nazis. The Belarusian Catholic Church considers heroes the terrorists Kasciushka and Kalinowski. It wants to repeat Ukrainian Maidan in Minsk. Tadevush Kondrasevich, the Belarusian Roman Catholic Archbishop, is also an expert in the creation of “fifth column” in the Russian Orthodox Church. In the meantime Orthodox majority prays for Vladimir Putin and Alyaksandr Lukashenka and for the resolution of Belarus-Russia integration issues by 20 December.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory is aimed to discredit the Belarusian Roman Catholic Church, Belarusian national heroes, and the part of Belarusian society opposing deeper integration with Russia. The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Belarusian national heroes as terrorists, about decaying, immoral West, and West's attempts to organize Ukraine-like scenario in Belarus. The accusation of Nazism/fascism, a recurring disinformation techniques of the pro-Kremlin outlets, has been lately increasingly used in relation to Belarus.

It also promotes the concept of all-Russian people, an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favored pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty. Ukraine and Belarus are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods.

Russia is not a part of the Ukrainian conflict

Brussels and Washington accuse Russia of interfering in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, which Moscow has repeatedly denied, stressing that it is not a party to the Ukrainian conflict.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in eastern Ukraine.

The war in eastern Ukraine was provoked by Russia. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “[t]he information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.”

No Trump-Russia conspiracy has been proven

The private investigator, Robert Mueller, had investigated allegations of a conspiracy between Trump and Russia, and the so-called Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. He could not prove any of the accusations against the American president.  Despite this, the American intelligence services believe that Russia was also broadcasting misleading news on social media, to help elect Donald Trump.

Disproof

A recurring narrative of denials which Moscow has issued regarding its involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the United States and employs the long-established charge of Russophobia which the Kremlin uses to deflect criticism, however legitimate.

Before the Robert Mueller report was published, Russian meddling in the 2016 election had already been established by US intelligence agencies. Thus, the Special Investigation was primarily concerned with "whether any Americans […] joined the Russian conspiracies to influence the election" (p.2).