Disinfo: Britain Rules Ukraine Guilty in case of Yanukovych Debt

Summary

Great Britain finds Ukraine guilty in its dispute with Russia over outstanding Eurobonds: the $3 billion that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych borrowed from the Kremlin in 2013.

Disproof

This claim that Ukraine has been found guilty is false. At the beginning of December 2019, the British High Court of Justice began a four day hearing in the dispute between the Kremlin and Ukraine. The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether a full trial is to be held. The Supreme Court ruling based on the December 9th-12th hearings is expected in the first half of 2020.

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  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Rule of law, Viktor Yanukovych
  • Outlet: RT Russian
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Estonian authorities pursue Sputnik under the cover of the EU and NATO

The Estonians would never have decided on such illegal actions if they didn’t have permission from their real owners in the West. Without the coordination with NATO allies, the USA, this situation would not have developed in such a shameful way. Moreover, representatives of NATO and the EU will cover up the actions of the Estonian authorities.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of the Baltic countries, about the US or EU/NATO's hegemony over other countries, lost sovereignty and external control of the Baltic states.

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are sovereign countries, who determine their own domestic and foreign policies, including membership in military and other alliances. 

WADA’s decision is unfounded and illegal

The decision of WADA is illegal and unreasonable. Therefore, it should be objectively examined by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On a formal far-fetched pretext, the status of RUSADA was temporarily suspended. 

Disproof

One of the methods of Kremlin disinformation is to deny the authority of international organisations and independent agencies and question their missions. See examples: "The exclusion of Russian athletes in the Olympics is a form of war" and "There is no evidence that Russian athletes have been using doping".

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was established in 1999 as an international independent agency composed and funded equally by the sport movement and governments around the world. Its key purpose is to carry out the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries.

The Treaty of Tartu has lost its force

Moscow currently regards the Treaty of Tartu as a historical document that lost its legal force long ago.

In 1944, Estonia joined the Soviet Union.

Disproof

To this day the section 122 of the constitution of Estonia reads: "The land border of Estonia is determined by the Tartu Peace Treaty of 2 February 1920 and by other international border agreements." Thus Estonia regards the Tartu Peace Treaty very much in effect.

"Attempts by Russia to falsify history by denying the annexation of Estonia constitutes vindication of the policy of spheres of influence and the violence of totalitarian regimes and is condemned by the Republic of Estonia," Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu said. Minister Reinsalu also remarked that the Tartu Treaty is considered valid to this day, and is linked to the concepts of the illegal annexation of Estonia and the restoration of the country’s sovereignty.