Pre-schizophrenic condition of Finns might lead into a military conflict with Russia

Summary

Finnish border guards mistook a Russian yacht for a sea monster. Hysteria around the image of Russia as an enemy has led the Finnish border guard into a pre-schizophrenic condition.

Finns are panicking and this might lead into a military conflict with Russia.

This is part of Scandinavian media’s campaign to turn the public opinion positive to joining NATO.

Disproof

Distorted spin of a tweet by Finnish Coast Guard. The tweet was a joke about a "three-headed sea monster" spotted by the coast guard. As an evidence, the image of the yacht was attached to the post.  Debunk by Aki Heikkinen.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: English, Russian
  • Country: United States, UK, Russia, Finland
  • Keywords: Military, EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, NATO
  • Outlet: Tsargrad, New Inform, Crime Russia in English, Ria FAN
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Kyiv has repeatedly deceived Moscow and violated bilateral agreements

Kyiv has repeatedly deceived Moscow and violated bilateral agreements, which significantly affected Russian-Ukrainian relations.

Disproof

No evidence given. It's Russia who violated several bilateral agreements signed with Ukraine, along with other international agreements.

The violations of international law and agreements of Russia have been confirmed by the international community. This regards not only the annexation of the Crimea, but also non-compliance with the provisions of the Minsk agreements, the continued fire from the separatists in the Donbas, supported by Russia, Ukrainian political prisoners, the continuing arrests of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea, among others.

International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction over war in the Donbas and the annexation of the Crimea

The annexation of the Crimea and the start of the Russian war in Donbas cannot be considered acts of terrorism against Ukraine.  Kyiv has no right to file a lawsuit against Russia, and the International Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction to consider such a case.

Disproof

The lawsuit referred to was filed by then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in early 2017. Ukraine accuses Russia of financing terrorism and violating the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism: Kyiv intends to call the Russian side to account for the war in the Donbas and the occupation of the Crimea. The hearings, which took place in The Hague from 3-7 June, should determine whether the court has the authority to hear the case.

It’s too early to say that the UN International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction to consider a number of cases related to Russia's aggression - it may take about half a year to do so.  Earlier, the tribunal already met part of the requirements of Ukraine to Russia under one of the conventions - on the prohibition of racial discrimination.  In 2017, the court issued a temporary decision, according to which Russia must stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, to allow the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and to ensure accessibility of education in the Ukrainian language in the annexed Crimea.  Russia ignored these requirements.

Ukraine will always be a pro-Russian country

Despite the fact that the West is trying with all its might to draw Ukraine into the Western community, Ukraine will always have a pro-Russian vector of development. Ukraine has always been both a Ukrainian and Russian country at the same time.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the "fraternal peoples" - Ukraine and Russia. The Kremlin often uses this narrative, arguing that Ukraine is part of Russia. In reality, Ukraine has a long and distinct history, language and culture, separate from Russia. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation-state, with its own flag, nationality and language.

In 2014, after the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the country's leadership began to actively promote pro-European policies. The fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, initiated changes to the country's Constitution in order to preserve this policy in the future. In early 2019, Poroshenko signed a law amending the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the strategic course of the state to acquire full membership in the European Union and NATO.