Disinfo: NAFTOGAZ stopped working near Crimea after the latter returned to Russia

Summary

.. this company (Naftogaz) stopped its work in fields near the peninsula, after Crimea returned to Russia.

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Pro-Kremlin disinformation about the illegal annexation of Crimea, and trying to hide the real reason why Naftogaz stopped working near the peninsula.

After the illegal annexation of Crimea, Russia seized drilling rigs, gas fields, underground storage facilities, the fleet, apartments and other properties belonging to the state company Naftogaz, Ukraine responded with an international trial against Russia at the end of 2016.

Ukraine insists that the Kremlin, in addition to violating a number of international norms through the annexation of Crimea, grossly ignored the interstate agreement on the mutual protection of investments between Kyiv and Moscow. It is this agreement that the Ukrainian and Russian leaders signed in 1998 that formed the basis of the Naftogaz lawsuit.

Read similar claims such as Crimea’s reunification with Russia was legal, or that historically Crimea was a Russian land, and that Crimea became part of Russia after the events of 2014 in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, gas, illegal annexation, Crimea
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This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative to portray Russia as a victim of US aggression against its sovereignty, which Moscow uses to justify its illicit activities on grounds of “defence” and self-preservation. In this case, the narrative goes, Crimea’s illegal annexation is portrayed as a legitimate reincorporation to Russia, and The New York Times’ stories describing illegal actions by Vladimir Putin’s regime as ‘Russophobic’.

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