Disinfo: Russia opposes any attempts to “destroy the post-WWII security architecture”

Summary

Russia is complying to the international security architecture formed after World War II, and will always counter attempts to undermine strategic stability, as well as attempts to replace the norms of international law with certain rules, including the UN Charter.

Disproof

There are several well-documented cases of Russia violating international law, as well as ruining the international security architecture formed after World War II.

Over the course of the past decade, Russia has gone to war with Georgia; repeatedly interfered in the domestic political affairs of neighbouring countries; exerted various forms of economic pressure on states like Ukraine, Moldova, and Lithuania; and expanded its network of military bases in the post-Soviet region.

For example, according to international law, Crimea is part of Ukraine, and 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".

Here are several disinformation cases on this issue.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: United Nations, World War 2, security threat, New World Order, Russian world
  • Outlet: Vremya @ Pervyi kanal time: 15:54
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Strache-scandal is an information terrorist attack

The scandal surrounding the video recording with the ex-vice-chancellor of Austria Heinz-Christian Strache is a well-directed provocation and a trap.  This is standard European hysteria about the intervention of the Kremlin in the affairs of other countries.  This situation can be described as an information terrorist attack.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the political scandal in Austria. Heinz-Christian Strache was forced to resign due to allegations of corruption, after offering government contacts to a supposed Russian investor in exchange for help to his  Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in the 2017 national elections.

On 17th of May, 2019, Der Spiegel and the Süddeutsche Zeitung published a secretly recorded video of a meeting in Ibiza, Spain, in July 2017. The two media outlets didn’t reveal the source of the video.

Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum five years ago

Crimea celebrates the fifth anniversary of the referendum which was followed by its integration with Russia. Five years ago, the vast majority of Crimea chose the first option from the two possible on the ballot paper: For Crimea’s integration with Russia, based on its rights as subject of the Russian Federation.

 

 

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Crimea and the referendum of 2014.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum held on the 16th of March 2014. On the 27th of March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which 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. Five years after the referendum, the EU re-affirmed its support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

The Eastern Partnership caused the coup d’état in Ukraine and Ukraine’s disintegration

The current Summit of the Eastern Partnership demonstrates that the initiative is in a serious impasse. The Eastern Partnership programme has become an instrument of Western politics which led to the coup d’état in Ukraine and its disintegration.

Disproof

A recurring, unfounded narrative criticising the Eastern Partnership initiative, alleging a coup d’état in Ukraine and Ukrainian disintegration.

There is no connection between the Eastern Partnership and the military conflict in Eastern Ukraine.