Disinfo: Russia was not allowed to meet Yulia Skripal

Summary

“For six months we (i.e. Russia) have been demanding, asking, and citing the legal grounds for getting consular access to the Russian citizen Yulia Skripal. In various forms, on various obviously far-fetched pretexts, we are not allowed to do this.”

Disproof

In fact, Yulia Skripal said in an interview that she was aware of Russian officials’ offers to meet, and that she refused on her own volition. “I have access to friends and family, and I have been made aware of my specific contacts at the Russian Embassy who have kindly offered me their assistance in any way they can,” Yulia Skripal said in a statement quoted by Reuters. Read more by Polygraph: https://www.polygraph.info/a/yulia-skripal-refused-to-meet-with-russian-consulate-officials-fact-check/29502966.html?ltflags=mailer

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  • Reported in: Issue 119
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
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The West and Israel were treating terrorists in Syria. They were sponsoring a hospital for the Syrian militants, the civilians did not have access to these medical services.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=US&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77109&date= No evidence given that this hospital has been created for the for the "Syrian militants". Further debunk by The Insider here.

The EU does not want to have a dialogue with Russia

The EU elites do not want to have a dialogue with Russia, therefore Moscow has to continue its successful policy of intimidation towards Europe, said Fyodor Biryukov, director of the Institute of Freedom, member of the Bureau of the Presidium of the Political Council of the “Rodina” Party.

Disproof

No evidence given. There is a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation.The EU and NATO repeatedly emphasized their intention to have a "constructive dialogue with Russia". There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. The EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts.

EU uses the US position as a guideline in its relations with Russia

EU uses the US position as a guideline in its relations with Russia, because it’s scared by a possible creation of a Russian-European empire, says Fyodor Biryukov, director of the Institute of Freedom, member of the Bureau of the Presidium of the Political Council of the “Rodina” Party.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-usa-is-controlling-europe-through-occupied-germany/

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.