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/.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 100
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, EU
  • Keywords: Sanctions
  • Outlet: Eer.ru
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Ukraine has been destroyed

Ukraine has been destroyed. Europe with its Association agreement has betrayed Ukrainians. The agreement does not benefit Ukraine. There is no Ukraine anymore.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining Ukraine's statehood.

The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), as part of the Association Agreement, entered into force on 1 September 2017, having been provisionally applied since 1 January 2016. This constitutes a major milestone in bilateral trade relations and offers new economic opportunities to both the EU and Ukraine. Ukrainian businesses receive stable and predictable preferential access to the largest market in the world, with over 500 million consumers.

Afghan migrant pushes German woman just for fun

A video shows how an Afghan migrant kicks a German woman and rolls her down a staircase just to have fun. Let us be understanding, have tolerance and everything.

Disproof

The uploaded video has 12 thousand views and 255 shares (As of March 1, 2018) and caused xenophobic and anti-Western comments among the users of the social network. The incident took place in Berlin on 27th October 2016. The act of violence was recorded by the video surveillance system installed throughout the metro station, upon which the Berlin police launched an investigation.

On December 17, 2016, German "Deutsche Welle" reported that the Berlin Police had apprehended the crime-suspect. According to the Bulgarian newspaper "Nova", the attacker was from Varna, Bulgaria and was a construction worker in Berlin. In addition, he was convicted of stealing, robbery and hooliganism in the past.

Visa liberalisation has raised the terrorism threat and forces Georgians to leave their country

About 35,000 people left Georgia. We are not arguing about numbers, as some mention 30,000. Double that number of Iraqis and Syrians arrived from the Asian countries, where the terrorism threat is high. These people establish themselves in our country, in our motherland, where a Georgian could not find happiness. Georgians could not find happiness in Adjara, where Turks have been given everything… Then, Georgians could not find happiness in Kakheti, too, where Iranians are dominant instead of Georgians, who can also develop business, process land and create production. Georgians, thus, leave their homes and it directly relates with visa liberalization and all this process, because people are leaving our country.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation about the visa liberalisation with the EU euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=visa+liberalisation&disinfo_issue=&date=, . Since the enactment of visa liberalization (March 28, 2017) until October 20, 2017, in total, 160,000 citizens of Georgia benefitted from visa-free travel. After the expiration of the 90-day term, up to 10,000 citizens did not return to Georgia. This number does not encompass merely those citizens who chose to stay illegally. It also includes those, who:

  1. Own a residence permit in one of the EU countries or a double nationality;
  2. Received the right of a prolonged stay in one of the EU countries after benefitting from the visa free travel (i.e. students, asylum-seekers);
  3. Travelled from the EU countries to third countries (i.e. Ukraine, Belarus) and did not return to Georgia from the latter.

Moreover, the visa liberalization topic is often connected to a false claim that it will empty the country and lead it into a demographic catastrophe. Discussing the visa-free travel in Schengen zone countries from the demographic perspective is manipulative, as visa liberalization for Georgia only concerns short-term visits to European countries, not free movement of workers. No links to increased risk of terrorism is being proven. Further debunking by Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/two-lies-irma-inashvili-about-visa-liberalization-and-georgian-farmers, .