Disinfo: NATO issued a death sentence for cooperation with Russia because of Crimea

Summary

NATO announced cutting ties with Russia in 2014 after the Crimean Peninsula returned to the arms of the Russian homeland. NATO thus issued a death sentence for cooperation with Russia in all fields, especially the military field.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to re-join Russia through a legal referendum which has not been recognised by any international body.

A year later, even the Kremlin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

On another note, according to NATO’s website, cooperation has been suspended since 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine but "political and military channels of communication remain open to exchange information on issues of concern, reduce misunderstandings and increase predictability."

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  • Reported in: Issue183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Military, NATO, Crimea

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Estonia pressures anyone with points of view diverging from the official one

Estonian intelligence exerts a variety of methods to pressure the opposition and independent politicians, public figures, human rights activists and journalists who represent a point of view inconsistent with the country’s domestic and foreign policies, as well as defenders of the rights of Russian-speaking communities. 

“Sputnik – Estonia” news agency is under severe pressure from the authorities, which have increased greatly and amounted to repression and administrative restrictions since the fall of 2019 with the clear aim of liquidating the agency.

There are British coordinators involved in the practices of the Estonian authorities.

Disproof

This claim tries to show sanctions against Russia, due to its illegal actions in Ukraine, as unfair persecution against Sputnik and its employees, and against media freedom in general.

Estonia is ranked as the 11th freest country in the world for press by Reporters Without Borders. Estonia is considered a consolidated democracy by Freedom House and a Flawed Democracy by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index. Thus, Estonia is by no means a regime that pressures opposition or those who represent a point of view inconsistent with the country's domestic and foreign policies.

European Union is merely a market, aimed to destroy nation-states and abandon European values

Ever since the 1990s Europeans see the EU merely as a great market. The EU is based on neo-liberal theories that posit the primacy of economics over politics, and the domination of financial capital. As a result, we have built an EU which is only a market and that aims to destroy nation-states. The EU has thus abandoned genuine European values and has elevated the Euro to be its only value.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit the EU, claiming that the EU has abandoned genuine European values and traditions and is built on the worship of money and of free-markets. This narrative is consistent with the pro-Kremlin propaganda theme about decadent values and moral decay in contemporary Western societies.

The article also repeats the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that claims the EU seeks to rob European nations of their sovereignty and identity.

OPCW leaks confirm Russian conclusions

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued a report in March 2019, which mentioned the use of toxic chemicals in the Syrian city of Douma in April 2018, but the report’s findings contradicted the conclusions of Russian experts who provided evidence that there was no attack, but rather a “theatrical play” organized by the members of the “White Helmets”.

In May 2019, OPCW documents were leaked, confirming the validity of Russian conclusions and putting the report’s findings into question. The organization has launched an investigation into the information leak and has accused two of its employees, whose names have not been released, of leaking sensitive information.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime; painting the White Helmets as terrorists, and aiming to discredit the OPCW.

The "never-before-seen-report" appears to be an engineering assessment carried out by one individual who, contrary to Sputnik's false claim, was never a member of the Fact-Finding Mission and is not currently employed by the organization.