Disinfo: EU sanctions on Syria are illegal

Summary

Syria has been living for many years under illegal and unilateral EU sanctions that bypass the United Nations Security Council.

Disproof

Within  the context of the conflict, EU  sanctions, imposed since 9 May 2011, respond  to  the repression  perpetrated  on  the  Syrian  people by  the  Syrian  regime  and its supporters, including through the use of live ammunition against peaceful protesters, and the regime’s involvement in the proliferation and use of chemical weapons.

EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets the specific individuals and entities on the sanctions list, avoiding negative impacts on the population. They comply with all obligations under international law, in particular international refugee law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

EU sanctions against the regime were extended in May 2020 for one year.

The goal of these measures is to put pressure on the Syrian regime to halt its repression and negotiate a lasting political settlement of the Syrian crisis in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 under UN auspices. They are part and parcel of the EU’s wider approach to the Syria crisis, as outlined in the EU strategy on Syria.

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Russia forced NATO out from the Barents sea

Russia forced NATO ships to retreat from the Barents Sea, as NATO was not prepared for the unexpectedly harsh Russian response.

Russia obstructed NATO’s plans and forced their destroyers to retreat ahead of schedule.

Although the NATO military group felt “comfortable” in the Barents Sea for three days, an unpleasant surprise awaited them on the morning of May 8, as Russian naval ships began large-scale military exercises in the same area, and started firing in close proximity.

Russia’s response, which made it clear that it controlled the region, made NATO forces flee the Barents Sea ahead of schedule.

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Claims without basis. There is no evidence to suggest that the NATO ships cut the exercise short because of Russia.

On Friday 8th of May, US Navy ships and a British warship wrapped up seven days of exercises and departed the Barents Sea after entering the Arctic on May 4.

Bill Gates is working on depopulation policies and plans for dictatorial control of world politics

The Italian parliamentarians should resist all alleged plans for a compulsory vaccination against Covid-19. Such efforts would be driven by the corrupt elites – the “deep state”, pointing the finger at Bill Gates as one of the main culprits behind the vaccination campaign, if not the pandemic itself. For decades, Bill Gates has been working on depopulation policies and plans for dictatorial control of world politics with the aim of achieving primacy over agriculture, technology and energy.

The real goal of all this is total control. The absolute domination of the people, who are transformed into laboratory animals and slaves.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation and conspiracy theory about Bill Gates and his connection to COVID-19. In this case RT quotes claims made by an Italian Member of Parliament. RT references Gates as a target of erroneous hypotheses, but then RT repeats these conspiracy theories and does not directly challenge them. It uses a typical technique of pro-Kremlin disinformation, where a clear disinformation message is legitimised as “opinion” and the context does not make it clear that the statement is untrue.

In addition, the article links to two other articles framed as “opinions”: Both forward well-known and debunked claim about hundreds of thousands paralysed children in India (see debunk by Correctiv).

NATO prepares a large scale military conflict in the Black sea region

The growing operational activity of the US/NATO naval and air forces in the Black Sea region provokes an adequate reaction from the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Navy. The destroyers of the 6th fleet of the US Navy in the Black Sea regularly display the star-spangled banner and Tomahawk cruise missiles. In Bulgaria and Romania, military infrastructure and materiel stocks are created. More, the Romanian air base Câmpia Turzii has become a platform for the deployment of US strategic offensive weapons. According to Russian military leaders, the manoeuvre scenarios testify to NATO’s targeted preparation for a large-scale military conflict.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO belligerence towards Russia and on Russophobia. NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Black Sea are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years.

The allegation about NATO's plans to wage a war against Russia was addressed on NATO's official website: "Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd." NATO is a defensive alliance and does not pose a threat to Russia. Its purpose is to protect its member states. Every country that joins NATO undertakes to uphold its principles and policies, and this includes the commitment that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia," as reaffirmed at the Brussels Summit. For more information about NATO-Russia relations and disinformation narratives about NATO, see here and here.