Disinfo: Russia fully respects international law, in Crimea and elsewhere

Summary

Russia fully respects the norms of international law. If there are some who feel offended, Russia has nothing to beg pardon for. Russia does everything that meets the norms of international law and the United Nations Charter. Russia respects the right of peoples to self-determination, including that of ethnic minorities, whether in Crimea or another regions. Sanctions will be ineffective in putting pressure on both Russia and other countries that respect their history and identity.

Disproof

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

On March 27th, 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. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recognised on April 17th, 2015 that "our soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion".

Claiming that the sanctions against Russia are ineffective is another example of a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative. In reality, sanctions imposed on Russia after the Crimea annexation and Russian meddling in the US elections sapped Russian economical growth.

See more disinformation cases on Crimea here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 146
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: International Law, Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik French
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Germany is a vassal of the US. The USA gives Germany direct commands.  It reflects the basically colonial system of the geopolitical chain of vassals and overlords that exists in the world.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-American relations.

Germany is an independent and sovereign country and is not dependent on the United States of America in terms of foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence.  Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

Ukrainian police reported a sharp increase in the number of violations in the presidential elections

The National Police of Ukraine reported a sharp increase in the number of violations in the second round of presidential elections compared to the same period in the first round.

 

Disproof

Manipulative exaggeration and fake headline.

The official statement by Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs at 14:00 on April 21 claimed that they received 562 reports of election irregularities, while during the first round of the presidential elections, at the exact time (14:00), they received 522 reports of election irregularities. Therefore, there is no evidence to support a sharp increase of violations compared to the first round.

Ukraine has become a vassal of Germany

Ukraine has become a vassal of Germany.

It reflects the basically colonial system of the geopolitical chain of vassals and overlords that exists in the world.  The USA gives Germany direct commands.  But the Germans also behave in the same way towards Ukraine; supposedly they know better what should be right for the country.  That is the purpose of the current geopolitical system, and that cannot be said out loud in Europe.

Disproof

No evidence provided.  Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine and Ukrainian statehood.

Ukraine is a sovereign state.  Neither US, nor the EU countries in general or Germany in particular control Ukraine.  Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, but were violated by Russia in 2014.