Disinfo: "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.

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  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/01/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Venezuela, Russia
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro, European Union, Crimea, Elections
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Western leaders welcome the beginning of a bloody civil war in Venezuela. It is convenient for the US and UK to have different interpretations of similar events: for example, why does US talk about Kosovo’s independence, but forgets about Scotland, Catalonia, Indiana, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The French president Emmanuel Macron criticized the “yellow vests”, but is supporting the protesters in Venezuela.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West meddling in and destabilising countries around the world. The western leaders did not welcome "the beginning of a bloody civil war". There are enormous differences between crisis situations in Kosovo and Venezuela. Food shortages, poverty and high inflation, along with a strong political element, have driven to protests in Venezuela. There is no discussion in Russian state controlled media about the economic failures of the Maduro regime. In the statement on behalf of the EU on situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, called for "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". French President Emmanuel Macron called the 2018 election of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro “illegitimate” and said that Europe supports the restoration of democracy, and "welcomes the courage of the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans who march for their freedom".

Ukrainian security forces not guilty of the first killings at Euromaidan

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Disproof

Unfounded claims. The investigation has long established that Mykhail Zhiznevsky was shot at a distance of about 7 meters with a type of ammunition used only by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The video itself has already appeared in Ukrainian media a year ago, and it shows only the place where one of the protesters, Mykhail Zhyznevskyi, was killed. The video is used by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine as evidence in the case of murders during Euromaidan. Further debunking by StopFake.org.