Serbia is caught in a trap set by the West

Summary

Since the 1990s, Serbia has been caught in a sort of trap set by Western powers because it is Orthodox and from the bottom of its heart in alliance with Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Conspiracy theory and recurring disinformation narrative about the alleged anti-Orthodox strategy of the West with the aim of causing distrust in the West.

See a collection of earlier disinformation cases concerning the Orthodox church seemingly under attack from the West.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Bosnian, Serbian
  • Country: Russia, Serbia, The West
  • Keywords: Orthodox Church, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija
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This places Ukraine’s claims in danger of being rejected outright, de-legitimising their claim, and perhaps even creating the de facto precedent that an international body with standing among the parties, such as is the ECHR, treated the Russian control of Crimea as a legal (or, perhaps, ‘not illegal’) phenomenon.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about alleged recognition of Crimea by international actors.

See earlier disinformation cases on Russia's relationship with international organisations alleging that the Council of Europe will die without Russia's membership, and that the Council of Europe is Russophobic and that the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights are anti-Russian.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Minsk agreements, portraying Ukraine as the only violator of the ceasefire.

In March 2015, the European Council linked the duration of EU sanctions on Russia to the complete implementation of the Minsk agreements, acknowledging Russia's responsibility to uphold the agreements. The EU has condemned systematic restrictions to the freedom of movement of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM), by Russia-backed armed formations in southern Donetsk and non-government-controlled areas along the Russian border. "Restrictions of the SMM’s access continued, including at a checkpoint near Kreminets, where members of the armed formations behaved aggressively towards the Mission."

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But even if Russia were to decide tomorrow to send several thousand soldiers to the Ukrainian front in all openness or to provide air support, it would actually remain a “civil war” in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine, attempting to portray it as a civil war. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas.

The war in eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, that continues since February 2014.