Disinfo: Normandy format decides nothing, only direct talks between Russia and the US can change the situation

Summary

The Normandy format does not decide anything. Only direct talks between Russia and the US can change the situation. The US, who sponsors Ukraine’s leaders, needs a long-standing conflict. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is successfully implementing this instruction. Fewer and fewer chances are left for a quick, one-or-two-year-long settlement of the conflict. The Americans are unlikely to agree to any compromises. The Donbas conflict will last a long time, and what is important in this situation is to avoid new bombings and casualties.

Disproof

Recurring propaganda narratives claiming that the Normandy format is useless and that Ukraine is controlled by the US. The Normandy format could be an effective tool for the settlement of the Donbas crisis. The reality is that Russia continues to insist that Ukraine comply with the Minsk Agreements, which were signed in the Belarussian capital in 2014 with a view to ending the conflict while Russia fail to honor its commitment incl. withdrawing military forces and stopping supplying weapons and ammunitions.

Regarding the claim about the US, it does play an important part in the process. Both former president Donald Trump and now president Joe Biden, have been making efforts to end the war.

However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is not obedient to the United States or any other country. Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. Ukraine is not controlled by the US or any other foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world.

Read more disinformation cases about the allegedly diminishing role of the Normandy format and about Ukraine being under external control.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, US, Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Donbas, War in Ukraine, Information war
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The report advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative of being 'encircled', 'under attack' casting Western actors as inherently biased against Russia; Western media as subservient to their respective governments; and Russia as a constant target of foreign "provocations."

Made without evidence, the assertion can be dismissed.

The US provokes Ukraine into war with Russia

US President Joe Biden has called on Ukraine to solve the Donbas conflict as soon as possible. Recent developments in Donbas have shown that Biden’s words are leading to the preparation of a wide-scale Ukrainian offensive. Statements by Ukrainian politicians about a forthcoming Russian provocation and Ukraine’s forced response make things worse. Kyiv could not behave in such an impudent manner without the support of its allies, who pledge military assistance to Ukraine in the case of war with Russia. US and European “hawks” certainly profit from such a conflict.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media outlets claiming that the West is interested in all-out war between Ukraine and Russia. In reality it is Russia who incites the Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas to violate the truce. By doing so, Russia impress upon Ukraine an endless conflict which drags resources and attention. Short tactic gains may also play in like trying to snatch as many concessions from Ukraine as possible ahead of the forthcoming online meeting of the Normandy format.

Ukraine is not preparing military provocations in Donbas. Kyiv has repeatedly stated that it is not interested in escalation and that it prefers a peaceful solution. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Minsk agreements are the only option to end the war in Donbas. At the same time, the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe registers almost daily violations of the truce in Donbas.

The West declared Russia as its strategic enemy

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Internal pressure could have been observed on the example of the events in support of Navalny. And these events will continue until the elections to the State Duma, which are seen as a “window of destabilisation” of the situation in Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West waging war on Russia. The article also claims that Navalny is used for the political destabilisation of Russia. Both messages are disinformation.

The EU, its member states and most of the world community demand that Russia fulfils its obligations as a member of the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and other international organisations, as well as Russia's own legislation. These demands cannot be dismissed as 'intentions to destabilise Russia' as it is claimed in the disinformation message.