Disinfo: Lack of coordination with the U.N. Secretariat’s security department led to delay for OPCW inspectors arrival in Douma

Summary

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were unable to reach the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma because of a lack of coordination with the U.N. Secretariat’s security department.

Disproof

Prior to the statement by Ryabkov, the British delegation to the OPCW tweeted that Russian and Syrian authorities were denying access to the inspection team.

U.N. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on April 16: “The United Nations has provided the necessary clearances for the OPCW team to go about its work in Douma. We have not denied the team any request for it to go to Douma.” On April 14, U.N. Secretary General António Guterres issued a statement on the situation in Syria expressing full support for the OPCW inspection.

The security for the sites where the OPCW fact finding mission plans to deploy was under the control of the Russian Military Police and they could not secure the area according to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security.

Further debunking by Polygraph.info.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 105
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Douma, OPCW, Chemical weapons/attack, UN
  • Outlet: Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in TASS
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President Poroshenko proposes Crimeans be deprived of Ukrainian citizenship

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko intends to deprive of Ukrainian citizenship all those who live in Crimea and were forced to take Russian passports because of Russia’s annexation of the peninsula.

Disproof

President Poroshenko has put forth amendments to the existing citizenship law to be considered by parliament.  The changes the President proposes will not deprive Crimeans of Ukrainian citizenship as Russian media claim, but rather will guarantee those citizenship rights.

Currently Ukraine’s citizenship law states that a person loses Ukrainian citizenship when he or she voluntarily takes on another citizenship. Poroshenko proposes that the law be amended to reflect cases when people take other citizenship unwillingly. The explanatory note Poroshenko submitted with the amendment proposal to parliament establishes “additional grounds for the loss of citizenship” but provides safeguards for those who live in the occupied territories of Ukraine”. Willing collaboration with Russian occupying authorities, participation in elections or serving in the army of another state though are grounds for loss of citizenship.

No trace of chemical attack in Douma

There are no traces of a chemical attack whatsoever in Douma, and the doctors in the hospital in Douma said there were no chemical attacks.

Disproof

Repeating recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on chemical attack in Douma, Syria. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=syria&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77353&date=

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals.

EU support for Russian civil society is a provocation

EU support for Russian civil society, with a special emphasis on the youth, is a provocation aimed to create a whole layer of young people dissatisfied with the Russian government. They will then unite and form a force. It is very dangerous if young people are targeted. It is a bomb that will explode in about 10 years’ time.

Disproof

No evidence given for any "provocation".

Despite of the recurring disinformation about "Russophobic" Europe, the EU is promoting people-to-people contacts with Russia. On 14 March 2016, the foreign ministers of the 28 EU Member States agreed on the five guiding principles of the EU's policy towards Russia. Fifth principle is increasing support for Russian civil society and promoting people-to-people
contacts, given that sanctions target the regime rather than Russian people. www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2016/589857/EPRS_BRI(2016)589857_EN.pdf,