Disinfo: EU postpones extension of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed after the reunification of Crimea

Summary

The European Union is not ready to make a formal decision to extend sanctions against citizens and legal entities of Russia and Ukraine due to procedural issues, there is no new date yet.

Since 2014, Moscow’s relations with Western states have deteriorated due to the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia following a referendum. The EU member states and the US imposed several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions, while Moscow has repeatedly refuted the allegations of interference in Ukraine’s affairs, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.

Disproof

The sanctions and restrictive measures against Russia were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/, . As of now, the economic sanctions are valid until 31 July 2018. The targeted individual restrictive measures, namely a visa ban and an asset freeze, currently against 150 people and 38 entities, last until 15 March 2018. The restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, are currently in place until 23 June 2018 www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/21/russia-eu-prolongs-economic-sanctions-by-six-months/, .

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  • Reported in: Issue 99
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: European Union, Anti-Russian, International Law, Sanctions, Crimea, Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik
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Similarities between economic and sport sanctions against Russia and neither work

There’s a strong resemblance between sanctions Russia faces since 2014 in trade and commerce – and “sanctions” applied against Russia before and during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

In both cases sanctions were introduced by international bodies under strong US influence (we’re talking the EU here, of course).

Either those who come up with ideas of ‘punishing Russia’ – be it in sport or in commerce & trade – belong to a rare and extreme sect that believes that the ‘guilty-as-charged’ principle should always be applied.

Or they are but a bunch of cynical bastards who somehow think that they shall always come out on top – refusing to recognize that the game has changed.

Now it’s become a game of the ‘zero-sum’ variety, where the losses of the other side are always going to be balanced eventually by the losses of perpetrators. Sanctions and ‘punishments’ simply don’t work anymore.

Disproof

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/. The, International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from competing the Games because of state-sponsored doping leading up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games edition.cnn.com/2018/02/24/sport/olympics-russia-ceremony-intl/index.html, . There is no connection between the two issues, apart from Russia breaking the rules of the international community. euvsdisinfo.eu/breaking-the-rules-crimea-disinformation-doping/, .

It was the leaders of the coup in Ukraine four years ago that were responsible for the people killed

Dozens of young people who lost their lives in Kiev’s Independence Square during a “coup” four years ago were most likely killed by snipers who were in league with protest leaders. Ukraine is a failed state, its population has dwindled from 52m to 35m since the end of the USSR, the wages are very low and “Nazi associates” have become national heroes there.

Disproof

There was no coup in Ukraine four years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

In Ukraine, Zaitseve, there is a war not against the Russian army but against the children and civilians of this village

I was particularly impressed by the visit to the village of Zaitseve. You know, there’s a war going on there. And there is a war not against the Russian Army, but against the children and civilians of this village. There are 1,200 people in the village of Zaitsevo now. And there are 200 children among them. And just 300 meters to the front line. And with me visiting it, the shelling occurred there. There were shelling on civilians. And we did not see any soldiers or Russian tanks, which are being reported about always and everywhere by Ukraine.

 

Disproof

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf.

The statement was made in the NTV studio by a German local politician who visited Ukrainian territories of Donbas controlled by separatists supported by Russia. As a leader of the NGO ‘Volksdiplomatie’ (‘People's Diplomacy’), Andreas Maurer is advocating the annexation of Crimea by Moscow and calling for the abolition of  sanctions imposed by the EU.