EU-Georgia Association Agreement is classified

Summary

Lifting the ban on agricultural land sales to foreign nationals was the European Union’s categorical demand related to the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. Part of the Association Agreement related to economy has been classified.

Disproof

The EU-Georgia Association Agreement is a completely public document and it is available to all interested persons. Title V of the Association Agreement is about economic cooperation and it says nothing about the sale of agricultural land to foreign citizens.

Further debunking by Myth Detector.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 130
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: EU, Georgia
  • Keywords: economy, AA/DCFTA
  • Outlet: Georgia and World
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French intelligence allowed Strasbourg attack to happen, it is linked to the European Parliament elections

The French intelligence service was aware of the attack in Strasbourg and allowed it to happen. The attack is linked to the elections to the European Parliament.

Disproof

No evidence given, conspiracy theory. At about 20:00 local time, on 11 December, a man opened fire close to the famed Christmas market in Strasbourg. Five people have died and several remain seriously injured a week later. The suspect was shot dead by police on 13 December. Read more: www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46586969,

Ukraine is preparing a chemical provocation in Mariupol

Ukraine is preparing a chemical provocation against civilians in Mariupol in order to blame on the Donetsk National Republic.

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Ukraine is preparing a chemical provocation in Mariupol, with support of the British specialists, who were involved in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. The intelligence services of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics foiled the provocation.

Disproof

No evidence given. The claim is based on a statement of military leader of Russian-backed separatists in Donbas.

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about chemical weapons in the war in Ukraine. 

Ukrainian boats illegally crossed the Russian maritime border

In late November, Ukraine’s Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats and the Yany Kapu tugboat illegally crossed the Russian maritime border as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait, the entrance to the Sea of Azov. The Ukrainian vessels were seized by Russia after failing to respond to legal demands to leave the area.

Moscow described the incident as a clear provocation in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and promised to suppress any attempts to challenge its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Disproof

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tug boat and their crews after opening fire 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.

See recurring disinformation examples about the Azov Sea.