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Crimea reconnected with Russia in referendum to avoid NATO troops there

Summary of Disinformation

On 18 March 2014, the referendum in Crimea sealed the peninsula’s connection to Russia, after the latter sent its troops. In fact, Moscow could not conceive that this peninsula, strategic and historically Russian, was going to become Western, or that NATO would set up troops there.

Sputnik News FR, Sputnik News FR @ 03:52 - 04:05
Sputnik News FR, Sputnik News FR @ 03:52 - 04:05

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal democratic referendum.

No international body recognizes the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014. For the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, see here.

A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

The NATO expansion is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. NATO does not "expand" in the imperialistic sense described by the Kremlin leadership and Russian state media, but instead considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join the defensive alliance of their own national will.

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Reported in: Issue 156
Date: 28.06.2019
Language: French
Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine
Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, War in Ukraine, NATO, Referendum, Crimea, Ukrainian statehood
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik News FR
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