Disinfo: Finnish delegation on Crimea to build friendship bonds

Summary

A Finnish delegation has reached out to Crimea and is now there to establish cooperation between Helsinki and Simferopol.

Disproof

The Finns visiting Crimea does not in any way represent the Finnish state. It is a delegation led by well-known Pro-Kremlin propagandist Johan Bäckman.

Finland condemns the illegal annexation by Russia, which is against the international law. formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?contentid=373136&nodeid=15146&contentlan=2&culture=en-US,

The European Union - and Finland as its member state - does not recognise the holding of elections by the Russian Federation in the Crimean peninsula. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/16/declaration-by-the-high-representative-federica-mogherini-on-behalf-of-the-eu-on-the-autonomous-republic-of-crimea-and-the-city-of-sevastopol/,

For background on fake election observing missions, see: www.tango-noir.com/2018/01/29/european-council-on-democracy-and-human-rights-presidential-election-in-crimea-is-fair-free-and-legitimate/,

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 102
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Finland
  • Keywords: Crimea
  • Outlet: Utro.ru
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Georgia freely joined the USSR

Georgia joined the Soviet Union in 1921 on own initiative and with free will.

Disproof

Georgia was a sovereign, democratic republic by 1921, which USSR occupied after the war in February-March 1921. Neither the Government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, nor the Constituent Assembly has recognised the Soviet occupation. Further debunking by Myth Detector www.mythdetector.ge/en/myth/host-tv-obiektivi-believes-georgia-voluntarily-joined-ussr-1921, .

Porton Down might be responsible for the chemical attack in the UK

Porton Down is very close to the spot where the attack took place so they might be responsible, there are no evidence neither proving or disproving any theory at this point.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=,

Novichok could have come from UK, Sweden, Czech Republic or Slovakia

London used the poison “Novichok” in order to cause associations with Russia. Neither Russia nor the USSR has ever conducted research on the development of chemicals with the name “Novichok”.

The most probable source of origin of the poison used in the attack in the UK is Great Britain, Slovakia, Czech Republic or Sweden.

“The West is just trying to fool everyone and look away from what they did on their own in Syria and Iraq,”

Disproof

No evidence given. The Russian MFA Spokesperson Zacharova repeats the unfounded allegations first aired by Sputnik without presenting any evidence. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden forcefully rejected her statements, and so did the competent authority on the topic in Sweden (the Swedish Defence Research Agency). www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/ryssland-giftet-som-anvandes-mot-skripal-kan-ha-kommit-fran-sverige, Later on, the Russian ambassador to Sweden stated that it was "a guess" without any facts supporting it www.svt.se/nyheter/utrikes/ambassadoren-backar-efter-giftutspel,

Also the Czech Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky on Saturday denied Moscow's accusation that the nerve toxin used against a former Russian double agent and his daughter in southern England came from the Czech Republic. mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1GT0ML?__twitter_impression=true,