Disinfo: Russia is prepared for any kind of mess the West will come up with

Summary

Do you expect some kind of mess? The mess is already here.

The sanctions would be there, no matter what we do. We can do nothing, we can act, there will be sanctions against Russia anyway. The Democrats in the US seems to have outlined a strategy on relations with Russia for the upcoming six months. It will likely contain new concepts of economic restrictions against our country.

They will come up with something; remembering the anniversary of the Crimeas reunification with Russia might be the pretext. They do not need any reason. We must not forget that there this year will be presidental elections in Syria. The US introduced the Caesar Act and this will likely mean sanctions. All is very predictable and accounted for. Our authorities are confident.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western sanctions imposed on Russia trying to imply that the sanctions are groundless and used to suppress Russia.

EU sanctions and other restrictive measures were first applied (opens in a new tab)in 2014 following the Russian illegal annexation of Crimea. Since then, the list has been updated(opens in a new tab). The United States also imposed(opens in a new tab) sanctions on Russia after the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity in 2014.

According to a Bloomberg report(opens in a new tab), they have knocked off 6 percent of Russia’s GDP since 2014. The sanctions played a major role, although other factors were present as well.

Most research(opens in a new tab) supports the view that sanctions have worked noting the drag they have imposed on Russia’s general economic development since 2014. This adverse effect most likely operates by depressing both foreign trade and foreign capital flows into Russia. Or as The Washington Post(opens in a new tab) said:

"The sanctions have stunted Russian economic growth and sapped the urban middle class of wealth and opportunity."

Russia’s own counter-sanctions(opens in a new tab) have also had a clear negative effect on the welfare of the average Russian household.

Read also similar stories: US sanctions policy is ineffective , Sanctions actually help Russia and EU has suffered more from the sanctions imposed on Russia .

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  • Reported in: Issue 230
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/02/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Syria, US, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Bashar al-Assad, Crimea, Sanctions, Syrian War
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Borrell's mission was to publicly flog Russia

Borrell’s mission was to perform a public flogging of Russia. This was very carefully planned: first talk about the meetings, then about journalists and then make Navalny the main topic. All this should be put in a pile, mix up and pour over us and then get out of here with a smug expression on his face. Why the West suffered such a grand failure is a big question, but Russia insisted on addressing Real Issues.

[MFA spokesperson Maria Zakharova] disclosed the secret of Western diplomats: When their flogging fails, they get hysterical.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on Western aggression against Russia.

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP), Josep Borrell travelled to Moscow with the intention to open a dialogue on core issues in the relations between the European Union and Russia.

The US is preparing a ram against Russia

The Americans are preparing a “battering ram against Russia” at our borders. Three countries, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldavia will in reality be melded into one. /…/

15 years ago a similar attempt was made, but nothing came out of it. The current step is a logical continuation of the Americans attempt to create a sort of battering ram against Russia. Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova are all totally dependent countries. After all the coups that have taken place there, these puppet countries are, and will continue to comply to all Washington’s orders.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukraine's and other countries’ statehood and the US presence in Europe. Similar cases can be studied here, here and here.

Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia are sovereign states. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the world, but were violated by Russia in 2014. Russia supports separatist entities on all the three countries’ territory.

Ukraine mixed up the MH17 with the Russian president’s plane

There might be a dramatic turning point in the process on the crash of the MH17. The court in the Netherlands has accepted to hear the evidence from the Russian corporation Almaz-Antey.

This information worries those who have defended Kyiv and supported its war against its own people. It discredits the image of democracy and legitimacy, that Kyiv and the West have attempted to create since the coup d’etat in 2014.

The witness say that Ukrainian air-controllers sent the passenger jet into a war zone, where it was shot down, likely by Ukrainian forces, mixing up the liner with the Russian president’s plane.

Disproof

One of the original lies about the MH17. The claim of the mix-up with the Russian President’s plane was documented in pro-Kremlin TV less than four hours after the disaster, and has been parroted several times afterward.

According to the findings(opens in a new tab) of the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from 2016, flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with one missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.