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Our goal is neither to divide France nor to create a climate of hatred. It is to reveal what others do not cover.This is what can explain the increase in the number of our readers, and by no means a biased line seeking to harm the French government. If some media feel aggrieved, this is only due to their partisan editorial line, distant from our own, which is factual.

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The most notorious report Sputnik published was in 2017, about "gay lobby" behind Emmanuel Macron, then candidate to the French presidency, without providing any evidence. According to the same Sputnik report, "ex-French Economy Minister Macron could be "US Agent' lobbying Banks' Interest". No evidence was given. For background see our reporting on the Sputnik coverage in 2017.

Sputnik also reported that the Russian name found in metadata of the hacked e-mails of Emmanuel Macron "does not prove the source". The investigations by The Insider and Mediapart.Fr discovered that behind those attacks was the same GRU unit later incriminated in the US for the similar actions against Democratic party.

After being accused by Emmanuel Macron in 2017 of spreading fakes, Sputnik reacted by saying this was defamation and Sputnik's and Russia Today's (RT) editor in chief Margarita Simonyan promised to "take legal actions" in the name of both RT and Sputnik. No legal action has followed so far.

Last year, the French broadcasting regulator, the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), issued a warning to RT over a falsified report contesting the use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 135
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: French
  • Country: Russia, France
  • Keywords: Sputnik
  • Outlet: Sputnik FR
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EU funding aim to create a Maidan-like crisis in Belarus

The EU may collapse in the coming years as it cannot deal with migration crisis and political disagreements. Its unity is kept thanks to extensive development and enlargement. This is why Belarus is in the sphere of EU’s interests. The EU funds Belarusian nationalists, oppositions and NGOs and buys Belarusian officials with the aim to destabilize the country and create a Belarusian Maidan, followed by Belarus’ accession to the EU.

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No evidence given for the "Belarusian Maidan" or the EU's investment in its creation.

Romania might recognise Kosovo in exchange for the annexation of Moldova

Bucharest might recognise Kosovo if the US will accept and recognise the annexation of Moldova by Romania.

Future Romanian expansion would include Chernivtsi region and south-western part of the Odessa region of Ukraine.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy about Romania, with previous record of questioning Moldova's integrity. This disinformation narrative aims at undermining Moldova's EU aspirations.

There is no evidence that Romania is considering annexing Moldova.

UK to introduce visa regime for EU citizens in case of a hard Brexit

UK will introduce visa regime for EU citizens in case of a hard Brexit.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Brexit.

The British government outlined that in the event of no deal, EU citizens will be able to enter the UK to visit, work or study after 29 March 2019. For stays longer than 3 months, European Temporary Leave to Remain will be required.