The logical answer from Europe to the Catalonia referendum would have been: Recognize the independence of Catalonia and bomb Madrid

Summary

The Kosovo logic has been celebrated in the EU the for last 10 years, and according to that logic the answer from Europe to the Catalonia referendum would have been: Recognize the independence of Catalonia and bomb Madrid.

Disproof

No evidence given. In Kosovo, there was a civil war, with thousands of casualties and hundreds of thousands of refugees, and which Western countries stopped. This was followed by a decade of international administration and status negotiations. In 2008 the EU Council stressed that in view of the conflict of the 1990s and the extended period of international administration under Security Council Resolution 1244, Kosovo constituted a sui generis case. The International Court of Justice has stated that the declaration of independence of Kosovo did not violate international law.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 84
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/10/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Kosovo, EU, Spain
  • Keywords: Catalonia, Referendum, Europe
  • Outlet: Voskresnoe Vremya @Channel 1
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US is responsible for coups, colour revolutions, occupation of Germany and Japan, conducts wars without UN sanction

When you think about the frequent shootings in the US, Is this not the way the US acts the world over – ruins countries, provokes civil wars, drives whole nations into poverty and misery, sets up sanctions to those who in the Europe want to buy cheap Russian gas, organises coups and colour revolutions, continues to occupy Germany and Japan, conducts wars without UN sanction under false pretences and fake coalitions.

 

 

Disproof

Recurring disinformation based on a number of falsehoods. For example the latest US sanctions against Russia are introduced on entities doing business with Russian military or intelligence agencies, companies involved in Russian off-shore oil projects, and those participating in Russian oil or gas pipeline construction within Russia - not to "those who in the Europe want to buy cheap Russian gas". www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-sanctions-factbox/factbox-what-do-the-new-u-s-sanctions-on-russia-target-idUSKBN1AL0K1,

European politicians do not care about international humanitarian law

NATO’s operation in Kosovo shows that European politicians do not care about international humanitarian law.

Disproof

No evidence given. The NATO operation for Kosovo followed over a year of intense efforts by the UN and the Contact Group, of which Russia was a member, to bring about a peaceful solution. The UN Security Council on several occasions branded the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and the mounting number of refugees driven from their homes as a threat to international peace and security. NATO's Operation Allied Force was launched to prevent the large-scale and sustained violations of human rights and the killing of civilians.

Following the air campaign, the subsequent NATO-led peacekeeping operation, KFOR, which initially included Russia, has been under UN mandate (UNSCR 1244), with the aim of providing a safe and secure environment in Kosovo.

NATO is expanding although it should have followed the example set by the Warsaw pact

NATO is stubbornly expanding towards the east although it should have followed the example set by the Warsaw pact and dissolved.

Disproof

Any comparison between NATO enlargement after the end of the Cold War and the creation of the Warsaw Pact or the Soviet bloc at the end of World War II is an utter distortion of history.

The incorporation of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe into the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact after the Second World War was carried out under conditions of military occupation, one-party dictatorship and the violent suppression of dissent.