Prior to the annexation of the Crimea, Russia had been…

Summary

Prior to the annexation of the Crimea, Russia had been humiliated by the West and then converted into “its appendage of natural resources and raw materials”.

Disproof

No evidence given. In 2010 the EU and Russia launched a Partnership for Modernisation. As stated in the Joint Declaration:"The European Union and Russia, as long-standing strategic partners in a changing multipolar world, are committed to working together to address common challenges with a balanced and result-oriented approach, based on democracy and the rule of law, both at the national and international level" (bit.ly/1p648gA), . // The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has repeatdely drawn attention to the perils of Russia's development model based on commodity exports and has set out strategies to diversify its economy and avoid the “resource trap” (bit.ly/1qKPzBZ), .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 24
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Natural resources, The West, Crimea
  • Outlet: Petr Tolstoy's "Vremya Pokazhet", political talk show, 24:56
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An OSCE report accuses Ukrainian authorities of a “huge number…

An OSCE report accuses Ukrainian authorities of a “huge number of gross violations of human rights, the rule of law and international humanitarian law” all of which have brought about a “disastrous humanitarian and human rights situation in Odessa, in particular, and Ukraine as a whole”.

Disproof

The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission press service has confirmed that the report is fake (bit.ly/1WjWePB), .

The simulated attacks on the US warship “Donald Cook” on…

The simulated attacks on the US warship “Donald Cook” on the Baltic Sea should be regarded as ordinary military practice, they are also in line with the law. US indignation on this matter is a manifestation of anti-Russian rhetorics.

Disproof

According to White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, the fighter jet's behaviour was “entirely inconsistent with the professional norms of militaries operating in proximity to each other in international waters and international airspace” (bit.ly/1V1QjiX), . It also violated the 1972 US-USSR bilateral agreement on the "Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas" (1.usa.gov/24fejRu), .

Russia has never waged wars of aggression

Russia has never waged wars of aggression.

Disproof

Since the collapse of the USSR, Russia has conducted two wars of aggression, widely condemned by the international community: against Georgia in 2008 or against Ukraine since 2014.