European countries have lost their sovereignty through the European treaties

Summary

Treaties signed over the past 20 years by European countries have deprived national parliaments of their sovereignty, which no longer have the economic, financial or military leverage to take autonomous decisions in their own interests.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that EU member states lose their sovereignty to the EU, consistent with another narrative about undemocratic EU.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: Sovereignty
  • Outlet: New Eastern Outlook
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Colour revolutions are used by the West to interfere in the affairs of sovereign states

Colour revolutions remain the main instrument of the West in interfering in the affairs of sovereign states. Moreover, the methods of their implementation are constantly evolving, requiring continuous updating of countermeasures.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory presented without evidence. The message implies that any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states, especially the former Soviet republics, are West-funded "colour revolutions".

It has been applied, among others, to protests in Ukraine, Venezuela, Georgia, and Belarus, as well as to present a deceiving narrative on the aggressive West constantly preparing new coups.

Ukrainian diaspora condemned the sanctions policy on Crimea

Ukrainians living abroad condemned the sanctions policy targeting Crimea due to its reunification with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea. This is not the first attempt to create the illusion of international support for the Crimea annexed by Russia.

Russian occupying authorities held a round table in Crimea entitled Cooperation of Crimean Ukrainians with compatriots abroad, calling the event a meeting of the Ukrainian diaspora. Among the 15 participants from abroad who came for this round table, were representatives from several post-Soviet countries and from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.

Crimea returned to Russia after a popular referendum

The Republic of Crimea returned to Russia after a popular referendum was held on the peninsula in March 2014, against the backdrop of a severe political crisis that led to a change of power in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to join Russia through a legal referendum.

The Crimea did not "return" to Russia but was illegally annexed by it. Following the covert invasion by “little green men”, the referendum in Crimea was conducted hastily and at gunpointbarring impartial observers from entering the peninsula. Therefore, no international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on the 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014.