The fact that Skirpals are held away from public eye proves that UK is guilty

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  • Reported in: Issue 130
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
  • Outlet: Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym" @ Rossiya 1 (1.55.45 – 1.56.05)
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The US is pushing the world to the World War 3, which will be a nuclear war.

The US is pushing the world to World War 3, which will be a nuclear war. And the leaders think they will have time to run to specially built bunkers, where they will survive. They will not make it on time. All wars start because the diplomats think they will have time to run away.

Disproof

Unsubstantiated claim. Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the imminent threat of the World War 3.

According to Germany, NATO is not needed anymore

Germany declared it would continue to endorse NATO’s open-door policy towards Georgia (after a meeting between German and Georgian defence ministers) – but at the same time, it said that NATO was not needed any more and that the European countries must take care of creating the European army. President of France Emmanuel Macron is of the same opinion.

Disproof

No proof or evidence was given for these supposed French or German leaders' statements about NATO being obsolete.

In her speech at the Munich Security Conference, as well as in other  public statements, the German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen underlined that there is no competition between NATO and strengthening of the EU defence capabilities.

By terminating the Friendship Treaty with Russia, Ukraine lost its rights of passage through Kerch Strait

Ukraine’s decision to terminate the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation results in the fact that the legal basis for the Treaty of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait is no longer valid. Therefore, Kiev deprives itself of the right of free navigation in the Azov-Kerch region.

Disproof

According to the  UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), all ships, including foreign warships, enjoy the right of "innocent passage" within another state's territorial sea under international law. The Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the sea of Azov and the strait of Kerch (2003) simply refers to the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. All possible requirements for termination of a treaty are listed in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. These requirements have not been fulfilled, so the treaty regulating the passage through Kerch Strait should still be in force.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Azov sea.