Disinfo: External forces dictate to Ukraine how to solve its internal problems

Summary

Ukraine continues to be confident that the West will always unconditionally support any Russophobic regime. The country simply entrusted the definition of its foreign and security policy to the West. Moreover, Ukraine has created a situation whereby external forces dictate to it exactly how it should solve its internal problems.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukrainian statehood, painting Ukraine as a geopolitical hostage and a project of the West, claiming that the United States and EU control Ukraine’s foreign and domestic policies and Ukraine is not an independent state. The concept of "Russophobia" is also present in the case.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither the US, nor NATO or the EU controls Ukraine. The United States recognised Ukraine as an independent state on December 25, 1991. Since then, Washington has been working closely with Ukraine, directing its assistance to support the development of a safe, democratic and free Ukraine, fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic community. The European Union also supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values.

The sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine are respected by most of the free world but were violated by Russia in 2014.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is under external control, that the US has turned Ukraine into a puppet, that colour revolutions are used by the West to intervene in the affairs of sovereign states and that Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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Center for the Study of Democracy is NATO branch office

Sofia-based NATO center accuses Serbian Orthodox Church of being a bastion of Russia:

The Orthodox Church is one of the important links for strengthening Russian influence in the Balkans and a spiritual mediator in the spread of Russian politics, according to an analysis by the Bulgaria-based Center for the Study of Democracy, which studies Russian influence in the Western Balkans.

“Through the Orthodox Church, Russia is launching various initiatives under a religious veil. Paradoxically, the Russian and many Orthodox churches in the region were bastions of the former secret services, and are now strengthening the Kremlin’s influence, according to a study called Russia’s Economic Impact in the Balkans.

This is just another set of studies being fabricated by NATO branch offices in the region, which undoubtedly can be said for the Sofia Center for the Study of Democracy.

Disproof

The Center for the Study of Democracy from Sofia is an independent NGO, and there is no evidence that it is a “NATO branch office”.

The claim that someone is under the control of someone else is common in pro-Kremlin media. Usually, NATO or the US is controlling European countries, but sometimes things are more concrete: Poland is governed by the US Embassy and the American troops.

WADA discriminates Russia; Norwegian athletes use drugs that are not allowed

Interestingly, WADA is trying to discriminate Russia, while on the other hand Norway, whose athletes, mainly skiers and biathletes, are severely ill on paper and use serious drugs that are not allowed to so-called healthy athletes, and they perform under their own flag. 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given, aligning with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. This message is an example of "whataboutism": attempting to discredit an opponent’s position by accusing them with no evidence. Russia has received the same treatment as any other country probed for doping violations. See here debunking by Polygraph.info.

There is no evidence given for the claim for Norwegian state organised doping of athletes. 

There is no evidence of Russia’s state-sponsored doping

The data were submitted as part of RUSADA’s conditions of return after a three-year suspension on charges of state-sponsored doping, which Russia categorically denies. The investigation into the Russian state’s sponsorship of the widespread doping campaign in 2015 was launched by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. Although the investigation did not produce results, RUSADA was suspended.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative saying that there is no evidence of Russia state-sponsored doping

The McLaren report is an independent investigative report of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. After months of denying, Russian officials themselves have already admitted there was a widespread doping programme.