Disinfo: New Ukrainian naval bases, if they appear, will serve the interests of NATO

Summary

The statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the intention to build two naval bases “to protect the Black Sea region” speaks of the upcoming de-sovereignisation of Ukraine, its transformation into another NATO branch. New naval bases, if they appear, will serve the interests not so much of Ukraine itself as of NATO, whose leadership has long sought to gain a foothold in the northern part of the Black Sea.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine, the aggressive West, NATO encircling Russia and NATO belligerence. This is consistent with the narratives challenging Ukrainian statehood and painting the US and NATO as the puppet-masters of Ukrainian politics. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither the US, nor NATO, control Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. Despite NATO having refuted such claims many times, pro Kremlin propaganda systematically states that NATO planned to create military bases on the territory of Ukraine: in Crimea, Donbass, the Sea of Azov. A bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty are considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine. A treaty stipulates that agreement from each of the two littoral countries is required for warships from any other country to enter the internal sea. It is worth recalling, that on November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen and arresting 24 members. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated: "Now, Russia is attempting to use Crimea to expand its influence. And control the Sea of Azov." See similar cases claiming that Ukraine has become a neocolony of the West, that Ukraine is an anti-Russian project of the CIA, that Ukraine acts on behalf of the US and NATO to escalate the situation at the Azov Sea, that The West deprived Ukraine and Baltic states of their sovereignty.

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  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Azov sea, Black Sea, Sovereignty, NATO
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the West. There is no evidence of such claims. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy paid an official visit to the United Kingdom. During the visit, he signed the Agreement on Political Cooperation, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership between Ukraine and the UK. "The UK supports President Zelenskyy’s efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine and is focussing diplomatic efforts on assisting the Ukrainian government with peace-building and recovery, alongside longstanding support for economic and governance reform and anti-corruption initiatives," the UK government officially stated. You can read similar cases claiming that in exchange for IMF loans, Kyiv will carry out the genocide of Ukrainians, that Ukrainians will be turned into the cheap labour force, and that Ukraine spends half of its budget to pay debts.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, connecting any political or natural cataclysms with the global/ secret elites. Conspiracy theories about the "deep state" are widespread, they promote a narrative about a global elite secretly ruling the world. In most cases, the “deep state” is referred to as American elites, who promote aggressive wars and prevent US reconciliation with Russia. The idea of a "deep state" has always been very popular among conspiracy theorists. This article also promotes another narrative framing Russia as the ultimate target of international events, based on a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia being encircled through a so-called “Anaconda plan. There is no evidence that the 2020 military confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan was aimed against Russia. The recent escalation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region is a continuation of the decades-old conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that US is creating a destabilising belt around Russia, that the goal of the US global “Anaconda” strategy is to limit the living space of geopolitical opponents, and that the West's objective is to encircle Russia entirely thanks to the "Anaconda ring" and "Great Turan" doctrines, that The West is creating a “fire belt” around Russia through protests in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan, that Nine days before the war, Lady Gaga warned about it.