Disinfo: EU countries adopting sanctions in order to keep the unity

Summary

In the context of Brexit and rise of right-wing parties, EU countries are adopting sanctions in order to keep the unity. Europe needs an external enemy and uses Russia for this role.

Europe does not care about the Kerch confrontation, it needs to promote Berlin’s and Paris’ agenda for EU integration.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about sanctions and Russophobia.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia. The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

On 25 November 2018 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

The construction of the Kerch Bridge took place without Ukraine's consent and constitutes a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It has led, in parallel with the militarisation of the Azov Sea, to tougher controls on naval traffic in the strait. The European Union stated that it expects Russia to stop the inspections.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 128
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, EU disintegration, European Union, Sanctions

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For background:

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

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Disproof

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