Certain Western media present “claims” that an elite unit of the Russian Federal Security Agency (FSB) was following Alexey Navalny and his wife for months and in August 2020 attempted to assassinate him with Novichok. However, no poison was found in Navalny’s blood samples in Russia and when later he was transferred in Germany, the German authorities have concluded that Novichok was used, although no evidence is shared with Moscow.
The discussion [about the militarisation of Crimea] revolves around Russian sovereign territories, where the Russian Federation has the right, within the framework of international law and within the framework of international obligations, to do everything necessary to ensure its security.
Crimea’s belonging to Russia became a foregone conclusion when the people of the Crimean peninsula voted in favour of restoring its Russian identity and returning it to the embrace of the [Russian] homeland.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.
The EU does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and continues to condemn this violation of international law by sanctions. Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (A/RES/68/262).
No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.
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