Disinfo: PACE is rude to Russia


The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has a boorish and politicised approach to Russia. The one who wrote the PACE resolution [No. 2325] is a liar. PACE documents are superficial, one-sided and politicised. Russia is not a party to the Minsk agreements, is not guilty of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and Crimea chose to be reunited with Russia.


Russian officials were angered by PACE Resolution No. 2325, which concerns countries under the control of the Parliamentary Assembly. Among other things, the document contains criticisms of Russia's anti-democratic actions both domestically and in relation to other countries. The resolution says that “Russia is reinforcing the negative tendencies of democracy, the rule of law and human rights”, continues to establish “borders” and carries out the “creeping annexation of the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia”, and also continues the “illegal annexation of Crimea and military aggression in the east of Ukraine.”

In addition, the document contains a number of requirements for Russia: “to reverse its illegal annexation of Crimea”. Also, among the PACE requirements for Russia, there are clauses on “fully implementing the Minsk agreements to which the Russian Federation is a party and to end its military intervention in, and support for, illegally armed formations in Eastern Ukraine” and “unconditionally and fully co-operate with the joint investigation team and the Dutch prosecution service in bringing those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to justice.”

The narratives that Russia supposedly “is not a part of the conflict” and “should not implement the Minsk agreements” remain the most popular disinformation narratives, along with the narrative of “reunification of Crimea and Russia”. The Kremlin is constantly trying to deny its aggression against Ukraine, despite the huge array of documents confirming Russia's intervention in Ukraine’s internal affairs. Moreover, independent researchers have proven Russia's involvement in the attack on the Malaysian Boeing MH17, it is Russia that is responsible for deploying the BUK anti-aircraft missile system, which was used to destroy a civilian aircraft, in the occupied part of Donbas. The findings of international experts were officially agreed in the Netherlands, Australia, the United States, G7 countries, the EU and NATO.


  • Reported in: Issue186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU, Diplomacy with Russia, European Union, Anti-Russian, European values, Russophobia


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