“Crimean scenario for Venezuela” under EU’s pressure

Summary

EU’s ultimatum to Nicolas Maduro will lead to a “Crimean scenario for Venezuela”. EU is now asking for elections in Venezuela, but if it is unhappy with the results, it may refuse to recognize them, just as it refused to recognize the outcome and the will of Crimean people.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU allegedly meddling into elections in third countries. See for example here, here, and here.

In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, called "for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections". "The presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, lacking democratic legitimacy", added Mogherini, emphasising that "the EU stands with the Venezuelan people in this critical hour".

The disinformation message also contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West and Crimea.

Crimean referendum was organised by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings.

Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by 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.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Venezuela, Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, Elections, Crimea
  • Outlet: Tsargrad TV News Front
see more

Baltic states openly glorify Nazism

The Baltic states openly openly pursue a policy of glorification of the Nazis.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to link the Baltic countries with Nazism.

The Nazi ideology and the EU are based on opposite values ​​and principles. For further debunking see here.

Sanctions against Moscow will harm the US in the long run

The sanctions imposed by the West on Russia are ineffective and harm the USA itself in the long term. Such behaviour by the West undermines long-term trade principles. Moscow has adapted to the sanctions with economic growth of two percent and stable oil prices.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation concerning sanctions against Russia, which are harming the West.

The false narrative about sanctions is often backed by false statistics, contrary to the actual evidence. According to Russian site RBK, the alleged economic growth of two percent does not stand up to scrutiny. In 2018, inflation rate went up and the rouble depreciated 20% against the dollar.

Facebook and Instagram, under US influence, removed the verification mark from Maduro’s accounts

Facebook and Instagram are acting illegally under Washington’s influence. After Trump’ statement about Nicolas Maduro, they removed the verification mark from Maduro’s accounts, without any justification.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about US and social media.

Facebook's blue verification badge lets people know that a Page or profile of public interest is authentic. According to Facebook, it is applicable to "eligible brands, media organizations and public figures". There are few steps to be taken in order to get it.