Russia is being accused without any evidence

Summary

We are accused of something, and with a high degree of probability (“highly likely”), as they say; we did this or that, intervened here, did something there. At the same time, no one considers it necessary to provide any evidence.

Disproof

RIA Novosti states that, for example, Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of trying to influence elections in different countries.

The expression "highly likely" may refer to Theresa May's statement following Skripal poisoning. The Prime Minister of the UK said in March 2018 that it is ‘highly likely’ that Moscow ordered the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal using a type of military-grade nerve agent developed in Russia.

Both accusations have been supported by evidence. Read more about Russian election meddling in the US and beyond and Skripal poisoning on our website.

Russia is also accused of being responsible for the 2014 downing of MH17, provoking a war in Ukraine and of illegal annexation of Crimea. And recently the Dutch security services expelled Russian spies over plot targeting OPCW.

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  • Reported in: Issue 123
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Valdai Club, Vladimir Putin, Crimea
  • Outlet: RIA Novosti
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Ukraine is likely to launch some kind of revanchist offensive ahead of March 2019 presidential elections

Ukraine is likely to launch some kind of revanchist offensive ahead of March 2019 presidential elections. The apparent danger facing the two self-declared Donbass republics is comparable to that faced by Abkhazia and South Ossetia when Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili attacked them.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation routinely accuses Ukraine for war preparation ahead of major news events, when it was Russia itself that provoked and maintains the war in Ukraine.

Many international organizations condemned the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia, see e.g. the OSCE statements here and here and European Parliament's resolution.

US orchestrated unfair vote in Macedonian parliament on name change

The US orchestrated an “unfair vote” in the Macedonian parliament which approved the country’s name change, despite a failed popular referendum.  “The eight votes that the parliament lacked for securing the qualifying majority were received via blackmail, threats and bribes given to the opposition lawmakers… Notably, the US Ambassador [to Macedonia] was in the parliament building up to the end of the session, and this is why there is no doubt that he orchestrated the process”.

Disproof

No evidence given of any US secret operation to orchestrate the vote. The United States has openly and publicly welcomed the "decision by Macedonia’s Parliament to initiate the constitutional changes needed to implement the Prespa Agreement with Greece". [Press statement - https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/10/286799.htm] It has stated it “strongly supports the agreement’s full implementation”. https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/09/286334.htm

RT also writes that the "Macedonian parliament greenlighted the name change", which is not the case. The voting on Friday was only the first phase of the procedure to make the necessary amendments to the constitution that will lead to the implementation of the agreement on name issue with Greece.

Russia does not create tensions in international affairs

There is an old joke… Maybe some don’t know it, it will be interesting. It goes like this. Question: ‘How do you relax?’ Answer: ‘I don’t get tense.” The same goes for tensions in international affairs. We [Russia] don’t create tensions for anybody; we don’t create any problems.

Disproof

Recurring narrative in the pro-Kremlin disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/good-russia/.

Russia is currently involved in several conflicts and has illegally annexed Crimea. The Western countries reacted to clearly hostile and aggressive activities of Russia's government, like in the recent cases around Skripal and other attacks of the GRU.