Disinfo: Sanctions is in fact a full-scale economic war


What we [Russia] so modestly call sanctions is in fact a full-scale economic war aimed at exerting huge pressure on our economy, preventing its growth, worsening the living standards of our people and economic development, and thus influencing the domestic political situation in our country, including elections and the further policy of our leadership.



Sanctions are not an economic war. They were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. The economic sanctions targeting exchanges with Russia in specific economic sectors are aligned to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/sanctions/ukraine-crisis/


  • Reported in: Issue 96
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Destabilising Russia, Sanctions


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Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said that the EU had made a decision not to support the extending of sanctions against Russia

During a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his Belgian counterpart, Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel said that the EU had made a decision not to support the extending of sanctions against Russia.


Economic sanctions against Russia were last extended on 21 December 2017, until 31 July". http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/21/russia-eu-prolongs-economic-sanctions-by-six-months/ This is the last official EU decision relating to EU economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.

Immigrants are fighting a war in Sweden

The Swedish PM says it is necessary to deploy the army in Sweden because the immigrants are fighting a war against the police authorities, in areas that were “multi-cultural test sites” also known as no-go zones. (the picture subtitle says “Burned out cars in a district of Sweden where mainly immigrants live).


The Swedish PM considered that the army would assist the police in crime fighting against criminals in "turf battles between gangs over drugs, protection rackets and prostitution." and not immigrants.


Only one million people live permanently in Moldova

Only one out of three million Moldovans live permanently in their country.


According to the National Office of Statistics of Moldova, the population of this country in 2016 was 3,5 million people (not 3 million, as the NTV journalist mentioned). API interviewed the director of the Centre for Demographic Studies of Moldova and underlined that the permanent population of the country is approx 2,9 million people (and not one million).