Disinfo: Now it came to light why the European Union did not extend sanctions against Russia

Summary

Now it came to light why the European Union did not extend sanctions against Russia. Many countries refused to prolong the sanctions automatically.

Disproof

The sanctions and restrictive measures against Russia were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/. As of now, the economic sanctions are valid until 31 July 2018. Furthermore,150 people and 38 entities are subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban because their actions undermined Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The measures were introduced in March 2014. They were last extended in September 2017 until 15 March 2018. The Council on the 5th of March 2018 extended until 6 March 2019 the asset freezes against 13 people identified as responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for the abuse of office causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds. The restrictive measures against two persons were not extended. This decision was based on the annual review of the measures. www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/05/misappropriation-of-ukrainian-state-funds-eu-prolongs-asset-freezes-against-13-persons-by-one-year/, . The restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, are currently in place until 23 June 2018 http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/21/russia-eu-prolongs-economic-sanctions-by-six-months/.

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  • Reported in: Issue 100
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: European Union, Sanctions
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Similarities between economic and sport sanctions against Russia and neither work

There’s a strong resemblance between sanctions Russia faces since 2014 in trade and commerce – and “sanctions” applied against Russia before and during the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

In both cases sanctions were introduced by international bodies under strong US influence (we’re talking the EU here, of course). … Either those who come up with ideas of ‘punishing Russia’ – be it in sport or in commerce & trade – belong to a rare and extreme sect that believes that the ‘guilty-as-charged’ principle should always be applied. Or they are but a bunch of cynical bastards who somehow think that they shall always come out on top – refusing to recognize that the game has changed. Now it’s become a game of the ‘zero-sum’ variety, where the losses of the other side are always going to be balanced eventually by the losses of perpetrators. Sanctions and ‘punishments’ simply don’t work anymore.

Disproof

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the EU were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/, . The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from competing the Games because of state-sponsored doping leading up to and including the 2014 Sochi Winter Games edition.cnn.com/2018/02/24/sport/olympics-russia-ceremony-intl/index.html, . There is no connection between the two issues, apart from Russia breaking the rules of the international community. euvsdisinfo.eu/breaking-the-rules-crimea-disinformation-doping/, .

EU postpones extension of the anti-Russian sanctions imposed after the reunification of Crimea

The European Union is not ready to make a formal decision to extend sanctions against citizens and legal entities of Russia and Ukraine due to procedural issues, there is no new date yet. … Since 2014, Moscow’s relations with Western states have deteriorated due to the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea’s reunification with Russia following a referendum. The EU member states and the US imposed several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions, while Moscow has repeatedly refuted the allegations of interference in Ukraine’s affairs, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.

Disproof

The sanctions and restrictive measures against Russia were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/, . As of now, the economic sanctions are valid until 31 July 2018. The targeted individual restrictive measures, namely a visa ban and an asset freeze, currently against 150 people and 38 entities, last until 15 March 2018. The restrictive measures in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, limited to the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, are currently in place until 23 June 2018 www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/21/russia-eu-prolongs-economic-sanctions-by-six-months/, .

The Ukrainian Army has a plan to attack to attract the attention of the world community during Russia's presidential election and the World Cup

You know, the situation that has developed at this moment along the demarcation line, indicates that some steps are being done and these steps are aimed at … – well, let’s say – … to create favourable conditions for a possible, let’s say, attack, possibly for the escalations. The number of provocations has increased quite sharply. […] The first [reason why Ukraine is allegedly preparing an attack] is, of course, attracting the attention of the world community. This is what Ukraine currently lacks and it was demonstrated by the recent conference in Munich [on security] with an empty room for Poroshenko. The next one is certainly an appropriate time for any provocations: the presidential elections in Russia, the World Cup.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.