Disinfo: Majority of the Georgian population supports Georgia's political and military neutrality

Summary

Majority of the Georgian population supports Georgia’s political and military neutrality. So called European partners create the illusion that by joining the European Union Georgia will develop. The examples of Greece, Italy, Spain and other EU Member States show that European integration ruins the economy.

Disproof

No evidence given. According to the poll by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and CRRC Georgia, support for the European Union (EU) was 80 percent in April 2017. Reasons for supporting Georgia’s membership are largely related to economic and employment concerns, although supporters also believe membership would strengthen security and democracy. 68 percent of Georgians would approve NATO membership.

The European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. This is expected to continue at a largely steady pace this year and next.

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  • Reported in: Issue 84
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/10/2017
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Country: Greece, Italy, Spain, Georgia
  • Keywords: European Union, Economic difficulties, Europe
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The people of Crimea expressed their legitimate will on 16 March 2014

There was no annexation, but secession of Crimea. [—] The Ukrainian Constitution also refers to the recognition and ascertainment of the right of the Ukrainian peoples to self-determination. This Constitution also guarantees the people’s will through a referendum in accordance with Article 69, while the purpose of the referendum is defined as a manifestation of one of the forms of direct democracy.

Disproof

According to the Venice Commision: "The Constitution of Ukraine, like other constitutions of Council of Europe member states, provides for the indivisibility of the country and does not allow the holding of any local referendum on secession from Ukraine. This results in particular from Articles 1, 2, 73 and 157 of the Constitution. These provisions in conjunction with Chapter X of the Constitution show that this prohibition also applies to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Constitution of Crimea does not allow the Supreme Soviet of Crimea to call such a referendum. Only a consultative referendum on increased autonomy could be permissible under the Ukrainian Constitution. 28. Moreover, circumstances in Crimea did not allow the holding of a referendum in line with European democratic standards. Any referendum on the status of a territory should have been preceded by serious negotiations among all stakeholders. Such negotiations did not take place." See: www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/default.aspx?pdffile=CDL-AD(2014)002-e, www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/world/europe/crimea-ukraine-secession-vote-referendum.html, www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/16/crimea-referendum-polls-open-live, www.rferl.org/a/ukraine-crimean-tatar-un-peacekeepers/25317014.html, Sergiy Zayets, Oleksandra Matviichuk, Tetyana Pechonchyk, Dariya Svyrydova, Olga Skrypnyk. (2015). The Fear Peninsula: Chronicle of Occupation and Violation of Human Rights in Crimea. Crimea is Ukraine, 2015. 77 pages. www.nytimes.com/2015/03/10/world/europe/putin-contrary-to-earlier-assertions-suggests-planning-to-seize-crimea-started-in-early-2014.html, www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26481423, www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-crimea/crimea-prepares-for-referendum-under-heavy-military-presence-idUSBREA2E09R20140315,

Ukrainian diaspora has held a meeting in Crimea and signed a resolution calling on Ukrainians to unite with Russians in Crimea

The representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora from Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Bulgaria, Italy, Latvia, Poland and others have held their gathering in Crimea. They have signed a resolution calling on Ukrainians to unite with Russians in Crimea.

Disproof

No evidence provided that the participants would represent the Ukrainian diaspora. The recognised organisations of Ukrainians abroad have not declared their participation in the event. Bona fide Ukrainian diaspora organizations called the congress "a Russian serving disinformation exercise". Further debunking by Stopfake.org.

EU to force Armenia to legalize drugs

According to the head of the EU delegation to Armenia, one of the preconditions for visa liberalization between Armenia and the EU relates to legalization of marijuana sales.

Disproof

Invention. Speaking about possible visa liberalization with Armenia last month, Head of EU Delegation to Armenia Pyotr Svitalski urged Armenian authorities not to lose time and do the “homework” to prepare for visa liberalization with the union. Svitalski recalled the examples of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. He did not mention drugs.