Events in Crimea and Donbas in 2014 started because Ukraine decided to prohibit the Russian language

Summary

Events in Crimea and Donbas in 2014 started because Ukraine made an idiotic decision to prohibit the Russian language.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the annexation of Crimea, war in Ukraine and the alleged discrimination of Russian language.

The message is intended to distract the audiences from Russia's responsibility for military aggression in Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea.

Read more about the Ukrainian language law here.

 

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russian language, War in Ukraine, Crimea
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokhazhet @ Pervyi Kanal [48:49 - 49:10]
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NATO promised Russia it would not expand to the East

NATO promised Russia it would not expand to the East.

Russia has interest in stability between Lisbon and Vladivostok – not in wars. But Russia does not accept that NATO is expanding further and further eastwards. If one speaks of provocation and escalation dominance, it is NATO that is expanding eastwards, contrary to what was promised in 1990.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that NATO had promised the Alliance would not expand to the East and that NATO is de facto aggressive.

NATO allies take decisions by consensus and these are recorded. There is no record of any decision been taken by NATO about putting a halt to enlargement to the East. Personal assurances from individual leaders cannot replace Alliance consensus and do not constitute formal NATO agreements. Moreover, at the time of the alleged promise, the Warsaw Pact still existed, which by definition could not mean joining NATO by them. Its members did not agree on its dissolution until 1991. This was confirmed by Mikhail Gorbachev himself in an interview with Russia Beyond the Headlines:

Russiagate is a hoax invented by the American Deep State

Russiagate is a hoax invented by the American Deep State.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation combining claims on the lack of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the Mueller report, and a conspiracy theory about the deep state, in the US or or elsewhere

Robert Mueller's investigation concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election. Robert Mueller’s report maintains that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”.  Nevertheless, it states that Russian interference activities did take place. See here for full Mueller report.

NATO forces could be used against European states opposing the US’s wishes

NATO forces could be used against the governments of European states which take decisions that go against the US’s wishes. This idea is supported  by The New York Times, which is the mouthpiece of the US “deep state”. The Armed Forces of NATO member states obey orders issued by the US military command.

Disproof

This message is consistent with a basic pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on US relations with EU countries. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that different countries, America's transatlantic allies in this case, are US vassals and remain under the American thumb. See earlier examples: Poland is US's vassal state, Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty, the EU is directed by Washington, Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe.

NATO is a political and military alliance, and NATO member states make sovereign decisions about their own security. NATO and US military presence in these states is possible only on the basis of the clear consent of the hosting nation. Moreover, all NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries.