Disinfo: Finland and Russia will have closed-door talks on Finland’s relationship…

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 31
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/06/2016
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: NATO
  • Outlet: defensenews.com

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The French Senate is lifting sanctions on Russia

The French Senate adopted a decision on the lifting of sanctions against Russia.

Disproof

The resolution adopted by the Senate is a recommendation that has no binding power. On 17 July the European Council extended EU restrictive measures against Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine.

Pro-Kremlin media has been vocal about sanctions and for example has stated that the aim of the internatinal community is to destroy Russia via international isolation, fall of oil prices, and financial sanctions.

Lithuanian authorities are planning to introduce state censorship

Lithuanian authorities are planning to introduce state censorship and deprive people’s access to independent information.

Disproof

Propaganda, by definition, cannot be considered as independent information.

The National Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission proposes to block TV channels spreading propaganda on the internet and this initiative is also supported by the Lithuanian Cable Television Association (LKTA).

Four Ukrainian regions are demanding autonomy from Kiev

Four Ukrainian regions (the western Ukrainian Khmelnycky oblast, Zhytomyr and Kirovohrad oblasts in central Ukraine and the southern Odesa province) are demanding autonomy from Kiev.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about problems in Ukraine. None of the regions mentioned are actually demanding autonomy, instead, there was a call to "reform local government and for a clear division of powers between the Cabinet of Ministers and the regional council to be outlined in a contractual relationship".