Disinfo: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Adopted a Resolution that Could Lift the Political Sanctions on Russia

Summary

The results of the vote in PACE demonstrate the abolition of sanctions imposed on Russia, as “the Resolution prohibits the OSCE to extend the term of the restrictions imposed on Russia without the consent of the member states”. This makes the possibility of extension of the sanctions against Russia questionable, therefore the sanctions could be lifted in January of the next year.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation euvsdisinfo.eu/report/council-of-europe-parliamentary-assembly-rejected-all-the-anti-russian-proposals-by-kiev-and-will-abolish-all-political-sanctions-against-russia/, . The text of the Resolution does not mention the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

With the resolution, the Council of Europe calls for a Summit to "reaffirm European unity and to defend and promote democratic security in Europe". The last summit was organised 12 years ago in 2005. The Council of Europe has two branches – a Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers. The assembly comprises delegations from the parliaments of member countries. Because of its aggression against Ukraine, Russia has been suspended from taking part in the assembly since 2014. This is the only sanction referred to in the resolution as one which would potentially be lifted. The Committee of Ministers consists of the Foreign Ministers, or senior diplomats, from the member states. The Council of Europe’s sanctions against Russia did not extend to this committee. Further debunking by Stopfake here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 86
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/10/2017
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Russia
  • Keywords: Council of Europe, Europe, Sanctions, OSCE
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The West, including the US, is forcing the Ukrainian Army to start a war against Russia and for this purpose is supporting the protests organised in Kyiv by Mikheil Saakashvili

The Ukrainian military has already made a number of statements that show Ukraine is forced [by the West, primarily the US] to start a war [against Russia in order to liberate Donbas]. […] In addition, you have to understand that Saakashvili, who appears to be the future prime minister of Ukraine, is the only politician in the world, who attacked Russia, and he wasn’t punished for that. This is an invaluable resource. If a person attacks once and then he gets away with it, he realises that he can do it again.

Disproof

No evidence of any war preparations aiming at Russia, recurring disinformation. // The phrase about Saakashvili allegedly "attacking Russia" has two false arguments: Georgia didn't attack and the war was fought on Georgian territory, not in Russia. The EU's Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia (IIFFMCG) did not conclude that Georgia attacked in 2008. It stated that "The shelling of Tskhinvali by the Georgian armed forces during the night of 7 to 8 August 2008 marked the beginning of the large-scale armed conflict in Georgia, yet it was only the culminating point of a long period of increasing tensions, provocations and incidents." and "The Mission is not in a position to consider as sufficiently substantiated the Georgian claim concerning a large-scale Russian military incursion into South Ossetia before 8 August 2008. However, there are a number of reports and publications, including of Russian origin, indicating the provision by the Russian side of training and military equipment to South Ossetian and Abkhaz forces prior to the August 2008 conflict. Additionally there seems to have been an influx of volunteers or mercenaries from the territory of the Russian Federation to South Ossetia through the Roki tunnel and over the Caucasus range in early August, as well as the presence of some Russian forces in South Ossetia, other than the Russian JPKF battalion, prior to 14.30 hours on 8 August 2008. Also it seems that the Russian air force started its operations against Georgian targets, including those outside South Ossetian administrative boundaries, already in the morning of 8 August, i.e. prior to the time given in the Russian official information."

In the USSR, the CIA agents organised a gas leak on a pipeline in the Chelyabinsk region, two passenger trains drove into this cloud, and all the passengers were burned alive

We [in the USSR] got a computer sabotage by the United States of America. It was a gas leak in the gas pipeline, and two trains that drove into this cloud burned completely. Two passenger trains. And it was only in the late 90s that we learned from the memoirs of the CIA agents that it turned out to be a CIA mission. That they inserted computer bugs, which conducted the corresponding sabotage.

Disproof

Mixing up two different stories. Thomas C. Reed, a former Air Force secretary, writes in his book "At the Abyss" that a C.I.A. campaign of computer sabotage resulted in a huge explosion in Siberia in 1982, with no casualties known. www.nytimes.com/2004/02/02/opinion/the-farewell-dossier.html, The claim has not been corroborated by intelligence agencies in the United States The largest railway tragedy in the USSR after WWII occurred on June 4, 1989 as a result of a volumetric explosion of the gas cloud formed by the gas leakage from the pipeline "Siberia - Ural - Povolzhie", when two passenger trains were passing by about 1 km from the place of it. 645 people were killed, more than 600 injured. Officials reported about the explosion power of 250-300 tons of trinitrotoluene. Independent experts believed that it was 12 kilotons of TNT, which is comparable to the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319242996 . According to the official investigators, a gas leak from the pipeline happened due to damage caused by the excavator bucket during its construction in October 1985, four years before the disaster. The leak started 40 minutes before the explosion. www.nytimes.com/1989/06/05/world/500-on-2-trains-reported-killed-by-soviet-gas-pipeline-explosion.html,