American and French forces, and forces supported by Washington are doing excavations at archaeological sites around the city of Manbij. Allegedly, this is “how they are stealing archaeological findings and objects made of precious metals.” The US and French, for example, have taken a lot of gold from these sites. Manbij is used by the West to smuggle the artifacts out of Syria, to Turkey. The artifact theft is not new to the US, as they assisted the looters of the Iraqi National Museum in 2003.
Crimea is ours… And why ours? Not because we came and grabbed something… What is democracy? A government of the people. And how is a government of the people validated? Through referendums, elections and so on. People in Crimea turned out for a referendum and voted… to be independent and, as a next step,… to be a part of the Russian Federation.
Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on referendum in Crimea. Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity. UNGA Resolution 68/262, which condemned Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, was supported by 100 United Nations member states. Only 10 states opposed it. Further debunking by Polygraph.