Disinfo: Finland demands Russia to return Karelia

Summary

Finland asked Russia to return Karelia.

Disproof

Misleading headline. In fact, it was Henri Hautamäki, from the youth wing of the Finns Party, who posted a tweet in which he asked Finland to "officially demand the return of territories (including Karelia) ceded to Russia at the end of WWII!". His statement does not represent the official position of Finland.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about territorial claims of the EU countries.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: Karelia
  • Outlet: News Front Utro.ru
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining Ukraine's statehood. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10

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The Crimean question is “completely closed”

The inhabitants of Crimea voted for reunification with Russia in a democratic way, in full compliance with international law. The Crimean question is “completely closed”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on referendum in Crimea.

Crimea is part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework in illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol. The European Union does not recognise and continues to strongly condemn this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order. This position is based on the UN Charter, which clearly states that the territory of a State cannot be acquired by another State resulting from the threat or use of force, as well as on the Helsinki Final Act in which the signatories declared their intention to respect the inviolability of frontiers and territorial integrity.

The White Helmets organize chemical weapons provocations to accuse Syrian government

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about White Helmets. For further reporting on Aleppo attack see BBC report.

The OPCW recently announced that it is planning to send a mission to Syria to probe an alleged poison gas attack.