Despite sanctions, Crimea will open its representation in Brussels

Summary

The representation of the Republic of Crimea in Brussels will become the first public organization in the EU that will legitimately promote the interests of the peninsula.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about alleged recognition of Crimea by international actors.

The EU does not recognise and continues to condemn this violation of international law. It remains committed to fully implementing its non-recognition policy, including through restrictive measures. On 18 June 2018, the Council extended the restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23 June 2019.

Therefore, any such office / representation would not be officially recognised. Previously, pro-Kremlin disinformation announced the launch of Donetsk People’s Republic representative office in Helsinki and France.

Read more about EU's position here.

Further debunking on The Insider.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: EU, War in Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: Russkaya Vesna Ren TV
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Ukraine is moving toward total Nazi ideology

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the Nazis that is repeated ever since the outbreak of the Euromaidan revolution. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Ukraine&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77101&date=

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Disproof

No evidence given, TV show uses misleading footage to justify false messages. The Ukrainian president was invited to Paris at the same time as all the other delegations. The TV show refers to a tweet by spokesperson of the Ukrainian president Svyatoslav Tsegolko to make the claim about the last minute invitation, but there is no such tweet.

The Ukrainian airplane was parked where there was room at the airport, next to the Boeing 747 of the Qatar Emir. The image shown in the program is zoomed in to not to show the surrounding aircrafts.

Revelation of espionage in Austria: a move aimed at spoiling Russia’s relations with Austria

Revelation of Russian espionage in Austria is a move aimed at spoiling Russia’s relations with Austria.

Disproof

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