Disinfo: Wherever Russia goes, wars stop

Summary

Wherever Russia goes, wars stop.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Russia is a peaceful country. Since 1991 Russia was involved in several international conflicts, including intervention in neighboring states, such as Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014.

Many international organisations condemned the Russian occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; e.g. the OSCE statement and European Parliament's declaration.

It was also Russia that provoked the war in Ukraine. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February 2014 when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government.

The European Union stated in July 2014 that "arms and fighters continue flowing into Ukraine from the Russian Federation".

In fact, there was Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014 - 2019), Insurgency in the North Caucasus (2009 - 2017), War of Dagestan (1999), Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War (2015-2019) etc.

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  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Syria, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Eastern Ukraine, Russian superiority, Chechnya, Russo-Georgian War, Crimea, War in Ukraine, Syrian War
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Crimea chose to be part of Russia

Crimea became part of Russia, once again, after the March 2014 referendum, with 96,77 percent of the Crimean electorate and 95.6 percent of Sevastopol’s population voting in favour of joining Russia. This came after the toppling of the regime in Ukraine, in February 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

No international body has recognised the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014, and held on 16 March 2014.

Mueller report provided no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow

Last April, a report by former US Attorney General Robert Mueller on “Russian intervention” in the 2016 US presidential election concluded that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow during the elections.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the Robert Mueller report connected also with the recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Robert Mueller's investigation did conclude that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Mueller's report determined that there were "two main Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election". It led to US senators' proposals to extend sanctions on Russia to deter it from further election meddling.

The West sends third rate officials to Serbia

Western countries cannot resent the way Serbia welcomed Putin and Medvedev. The West sends officials of a third rate category, deputies of deputies, to visit Serbia. When Western politicians come to visit, Serbia immediately gets orders. On the contrary, Russia does not give conditions to Serbia.

Disproof

Recurring narrative painting the West as unreliable in comparison to Russia. Serbia is a sovereign state and not subservient to the EU and NATO, and many high officials from the West have visited it. The last visit happened just a week ago (22nd October 2019) when German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, visited Belgrade. The President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, made a two-day visit to Belgrade in September 2019. French President Emmanuel Macron visited Serbia in July 2019 and an official visit of the Hungarian President, János Áder, also took place in July 2019. Earlier in 2018, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visited Serbia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also visited Serbia during 2018. Read a similar disinformation case about Serbia only having visits from low ranking officials here.