NATO promised it would never expand even to East Germany…

Summary

NATO promised it would never expand even to East Germany but these promises,were forgotten and the NATO expansion began.

Disproof

The claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. See: bit.ly/269ONPz;, bit.ly/2e6J8oV;, bit.ly/2eFPg9s, . In any case, no such promise was made bit.ly/1qQ3wHH, . This fact was acknowledged by former President Gorbachev himself in 2014 in an interview for (pro-Kremlin outlet) Russia Beyond the Headlines bit.ly/2a6FHvM, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 67
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/04/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement
  • Outlet: ‘Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym’ @Rossia-1 (38:48)
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The authorities of Ukraine are carrying out a program to…

The authorities of Ukraine are carrying out a program to ban the Russian language, which was developed by Goebbels.

Disproof

No evidence given. According to the Council of Europe, "In respect of the Russian language, most undertakings chosen by Ukraine under the European Charter for regional or minority languages were fulfilled or partly fulfilled." bit.ly/2en7tsa, .

The Ukrainian authorities are ‘ukrainianizing’ Kyiv, which is actually a…

The Ukrainian authorities are ‘ukrainianizing’ Kyiv, which is actually a ‘Russian city’ // More than 60 percent of Ukrainians consider Russian to be their mother tongue.

Disproof

No evidence given. Kyiv is a Ukranian city. The first historical state with a Slavic settlement was formed around Kyiv more than two centuries before the foundation of Moscow. Throughout the centuries, Ukrainians maintained their own cultural and linguistic identity. The distinction is apparent e.g. through the fact that in 1654, Ukraine and Russia needed translators to sign the Treaty of Pereyaslav. // In the last Ukrainian census, carried out in 2001, 8.3 million people (17.3% of the population) identified as ethnic Russians bit.ly/1gKrIph, .

Ukraine massively reduces the number of Russian-language schools and the…

Ukraine massively reduces the number of Russian-language schools and the authorities in Kyiv exert an ‘insane pressure’ on families who are trying to enrol their children in these schools.

Disproof

No evidence given. It is an often repreated disinformation by pro-Kremlin outlets that Russian is forbidden in Ukraine. According to the Council of Europe, "In respect of the Russian language, most undertakings chosen by Ukraine under the European Charter for regional or minority languages were fulfilled or partly fulfilled." bit.ly/2en7tsa, .