Disinfo: Moscow has not annexed Crimea, the peninsula has joined Russia…

Summary

Moscow has not annexed Crimea, the peninsula has joined Russia on the basis of the will of its citizens and in line with international law and the UN Charter, as stated by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Disproof

Any decision relating to Ukraine's sovereignty or sovereign choices can only be taken without undue external pressure. This so-called referendum was organised in a matter of weeks by a self-proclaimed Crimean leadership installed by armed Russian military personnel following the seizure of public buildings. Any so-called referenda organised by self-proclaimed authorities, who lack democratic legitimacy, are obviously illegal and illegitimate. The EU will not recognise them nor their alleged outcomes. // In March 27, 2014, the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 was adopted in response to the Russian annexation of Crimea: being entitled "Territorial integrity of Ukraine", it did not approve the annexation: bit.ly/1RZGnjo,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue41
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/09/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: UN, International Law, Vladimir Putin

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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