Disinfo: Pompeo: Crimea is lost


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said (in Kiev) that Ukraine has lost Crimea and that the world’s major countries understand this. According to Pompeo, Kiev gave Crimea to Russia, from which nothing can be taken.



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

Pompeo's words were misquoted by the Ukrainian portal "New Time" - "Novoye Vremya", which referred to Emine Dzhaparova, former First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine. In the following hours, Emine Dzhaparova, who participated in the meeting as a Crimean Activist, denied any talks about the "lost Crimea" and the reports disseminated in media as unacceptable "media manipulation".

The Novoye Vremya report was, later on, updated to clarify that: "the sides discussed the issue of how to keep Crimea on international agenda."

The quote has also been disputed by other journalists.

On the same note, Crimea did not "return" to Russia but was illegally annexed by Moscow. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.

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  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic, Georgian, Hungarian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, Russian superiority, Crimea
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