Disinfo: European Council complicates visa-free regime for Ukraine


The European Union has decided to make it more difficult for Ukrainians to enter the EU by introducing paid special permits for Ukrainian citizens. Not all Ukrainians will be permitted to enter Europe. The regime of visa-free trips to the EU for Ukrainian citizens will be subject to new administrative restrictions, the European Council decided.


No evidence given. All conclusions of the European Council's decisions can be found here. No decision was made about paid entry permits for Ukrainian citizens.

The story misrepresents the implementation of the new European travel information and authorization system (ETIAS). This is an electronic travel authorisation system for visitors to the EU from non-EU countries that have been granted visa-free access to the EU and Schengen countries. The introduction of this system is in no way tied to Ukraine - changes to the EU's border control system are independent and were known long before the Ukrainian visa-waiver was approved. According to the new rules, which will enter into force around 2021, residents of visa-free countries will merely have to fill out an electronic application once every three years and pay a fee of seven euros, after which they will receive a positive response within minutes. The electronic application for ETIAS has nothing to do with the Schengen visa program. The new EU safety rules will affect 61 states.

Further debunking by StopFake.


  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: European Council, Schengen, EU, Visa liberalisation, Europe
  • Outlet: Izvestia, Ukraina.ru
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The West’s objective is to encircle Russia entirely. To the south, this is achieved through the “Great Turan” doctrine. This is comparable to the “Anaconda Ring” plan along Russia’s western borders. The West is attempting to pull Kazakhstan into this anti-Russian “Great Turan” doctrine.

The transition of the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin and Kazakhstan’s plans to host two US military bases on the Caspian Sea are two indicators of success of the West’s agenda.



No evidence is provided about the "Great Turan" doctrine according to which the West is allegedly attempting to create a ring of unfriendly states along Russia's southern border.

The allegations that Kazakhstan is allowing foreign militaries to establish bases on its territory are false. Claims that Kazakhstan plans to host foreign military bases on the Caspian Sea were officially denied by the Kazakhstani embassy in Moscow in 2018.

Russian takeover of Crimea prevented Polish coup d’état in Belarus

Russia is the only state genuinely interested in Ukraine’s integrity. Western countries want Ukraine as a state to disappear. The US was only interested in Crimea as a springboard for US missiles, to create a deadly threat to Russia and Belarus. If Crimea were under the Pentagon’s control, the situation in the whole region would change radically for the worse, and provoke Poland’s aggression. If Poland wouldn’t execute an outright military intervention in Belarus, it would have at least organised a successful coup d’état.




This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Russia's true peaceful intentions that contains disinformation elements about the war in Ukraine and the West's aggressive intentions. It is consistent with other recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives that Russia did not contribute to the disintegration of Donbas and that there are no Russian soldiers in Ukraine. For similar cases see here.

There is absolutely no evidence that the US planned a takeover of Crimea or planned to place any missiles on the peninsula. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “[t]he 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 2014 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."

The US introduced anti-Russian sanctions that are illegal under international law

The US introduced anti-Russian sanctions that are illegal under international law. In recent years, the US has pursued a policy towards Russia that can hardly be described as friendly. Russia’s interests are ignored while anti-Russian activities are pursued. Without any provocation whatsoever from Russia, illegal sanctions under international law are imposed repeatedly.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about international sanctions against Russia.

In December 2018, the US imposed sanctions on Russian persons "in response to Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine, election interference, malicious cyber-enabled activities, human rights abuses, use of a chemical weapon, weapons proliferation, illicit trade with North Korea, and support to Syria".