Crimean reunification with Russia prevented it from becoming a US protectorate

Summary

If Crimea’s reunification with Russia hadn’t taken place, the US would have turned it into a protectorate. It would have deployed weapon systems in the peninsula as they are doing in Romania, and thus be able to deny access to Russian vessels to the Black Sea. Ukraine would have given the Sevastopol base to NATO for military purposes.

Disproof

The narrative is part of the set of arguments to defend Russian annexation of Crimea. The statement actually comes from the head of the Russian Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security talking about the deployment of TU-22M3 strategic bombers to Crimea, allegedly as a response to the deployment of US missile defense systems in Romania. Also, Russian senator Alexei Pushkov tweeted that "the first thing Kiev would have done had Crimea not joined Russia would have been turn Sevastopol to the US or NATO".

There is no evidence that the US were planning to deploy any weapons system in Crimea, which was part of sovereign Ukraine. Unlike Romania, which is a NATO country, Ukraine is only part of the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP), which carries much less obligations and benefits from the Alliance.

In Romania the missile deployment took place according to the European component of the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (EPAA / European Phased Adaptive Approach). It was decided in the NATO Summit in Bucharest in 2008 and an agreement was signed in 2011 between the US and Romanian governments in 2011 regarding to it. Nothing similar has ever emerged regarding to Ukraine.

You can find here and here other examples of disinformation about Crimea, here about NATO actions, and here about the missile defence system in Romania.

Further debunking on The Insider.

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  • Reported in: Issue 141
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO, Crimea
  • Outlet: RT Spanish, Sputnik Spanish
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All strategic choices of France are dictated by Brussels, Macron has no power

Macron has no power. It is not him who decides. Macron is only a governor of the province of France, of a kind of entity under the domination of an industrial financial oligarchy that took power in Brussels. He’s only pretending to have power which he has not.

There is a big secret in French politics: all big strategic choices (privatisation of SNCF, EDF, the attacks on pensions, labour law…) are codified by the report on strategy for economic policies published yearly in Brussels in order to favour the convergence of economies, to save the euro.

Disproof

No evidence given.

French presidents are exceptionally powerful compared to leaders of other advanced democracies.

Crimeans have benefited from reconnection with Russia

Two new days have appeared in the history books – March 16 and 18, 2014. After the referendum on March 16, Sevastopol and the Crimean Republic were integrated in the Russian Federation two days later.

In Sevastopol people now re-learn the history from the point of view of Moscow. Crimea was Russian for a long time, before the Soviet empire changed the borders. At the beginning of the 90s, Kyiv started to force the entirely Russian-speaking population of the peninsula to learn Ukrainian and Ukrainian history.

“Everything is fine, everything is perfect, we have enough money,” said a Crimean. Abandoned by Kyiv, the peninsula gains modernity. Pensions have been raised. The prices are higher than before, but so is the standard of living.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February, 2014, and held less than three weeks later.  On March 27th, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recognised April 17th 2015 that "our soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion" (Interfax).

As for historical past of Crimea, see the explanation by the Ukrainian embassy in France.

Kosovo and Crimea’s status recognition by the West show double standards

The referendum in Crimea has been questioned by various countries, but everyone knows in a fairly transparent way that the majority of Crimeans were in favour of joining Russia. The sanctions of the EU and the United States date from the attachment of Crimea to Russia. In fact, there are NATO countries that have themselves violated international law with respect to Kosovo, which has been recognized by a number of European countries to the detriment of the territorial integrity of the borders and the Constitution of Serbia. Europeans must admit that Crimea belongs to Russia and not to say that some annexations are good and others are bad.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation frequently draws parallels to Kosovo's secession from Serbia, but Crimea's annexation by Russia has nothing to do with it.

In Kosovo, there was a civil war, with thousands of casualties and hundreds of thousands of refugees, and which Western countries stopped. This was followed by a decade of international administration and status negotiations. In 2008 the EU Council stressed that in view of the conflict of the 1990s and the extended period of international administration under Security Council Resolution 1244, Kosovo constituted a sui generis case. By contrast, there was no war in Ukraine until Russian military aggression http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.