Disinfo: Spain recognises Crimea as Russian

Summary

Spain recognised that Crimea was Russian after an infographist coloured the peninsula in red like a zone with high coronavirus prevalence like Russia and not a zone with a medium prevalence like Ukraine. Ukraine did not yet react hysterically to this news but it will surely.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation message on the status of illegally annexed Crimea.

Spain condemns the illegal annexation of Crimea without ambiguity. This year the country reaffirmed its commitment to UN resolution 68/262.

Read similar cases claiming that historical Crimean Russian land returned, over 95% of Crimea voted to be part of Russia, Crimea always was Russian, Crimean people have expressed their desire to rejoin Russia in a democratic process and that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: English, Russian, French, German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Spain
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, Diplomacy with Russia, Crimea

Disclaimer

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