Disinfo: The sovereignty of the former Soviet Republics is a relative concept

Summary

The sovereignty of the former Soviet republics is a relative concept and they understand this very well. Russia is strengthening its presence everywhere.

Disproof

This is a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about the sovereignty of the former Soviet countries.

Following the USSR breakup in the 90s, three Baltic states were the first to declare independence in 1990. After that, the remaining 12 states seceded as well. All 15 ex-Soviet republics are recognised by the international community, with established governments and law systems. However, Russia, using the narrative about the common Soviet roots, disrupts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

The UN General Assembly has adopted the resolution urging Russia to withdraw its armed forces from occupied Crimea. A similar resolution was adopted about the territorial integrity of Georgia and the right of internally displaced persons to return to their homes in Abkhazia after the conflict in 2008.

Moreover, the General Assembly adopted two resolutions about the situation with Russian troops in Moldova in 2018. The first resolution urged the Russian Federation to unconditionally withdraw its troops and armaments from the territory of the Republic of Moldova without any delay.

See another pro-Kremlin disinformation case about the socio-economic degradation in the Baltic States as opposed to their alleged well-being under the USSR.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: USSR, Sovereignty, Russian world
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Disinfo: Bucharest has a project that aims to absorb Moldova, Transnistria and some regions of Ukraine

Bucharest is hatching the project of Greater Romania, which involves the absorption of Moldova, Transnistria and Chernivtsi and Odesa regions of Ukraine. Thus, the Romanian strategists hope to turn Romania into the leader of South-Eastern Europe with access to the Balkans and the Black Sea region with the spread of Romanian influence all the way to the Caspian Sea. The existence of the Transnistrian state spoils the whole picture for the Romanians. Greater Romania cannot move forward, because there is Transnistria and Russian peacekeepers on the Dniester. The displacement of Russian blue helmets from Transnistria is a top priority for Bucharest.

Disproof

No evidence is given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Romania, questioning Moldova's and Ukraine's integrity.

Romania adheres to international law regarding state borders and has no territorial claims upon Ukraine or Moldova.

Disinfo: Colour revolution and foreign scenarios in Belarus 

The Belarusian president considers what is happening in the country a scenario similar to what is being prepared in neighbouring countries and is called a colour revolution, which has failed. Countries and opposition forces are today trying to implement a new wave of protests and demonstrations, but by other methods and scenarios prepared and planned in advance.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed 'colour revolutions', part of a campaign to portray massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad.

There is no evidence that the protests in Belarus are funded and organised by neighbouring or foreign countries.

Disinfo: France became one of the winners of World War II thanks to Stalin

It was Stalin who mostly made De Gaulle a world-class politician. Moreover, where would France itself be now, if not for Stalin and the USSR?

The representative of France was at that table [during the signing of the German surrender act on May 9, 1945 in Berlin] only at the behest of Stalin, because the United States and England did not see France at all among the victorious countries. The Second World War could well have ended in a terrible disgrace for France.

Thanks to the support of the USSR and Stalin’s position personally, France managed to get into not only the group of victorious powers in World War II, but also to become one of the five founding countries of the UN. That is why France is now a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Disproof

This recurrent disinformation narrative is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism of the events of WWII.

France and Britain declared war on Germany when it invaded Poland in September 1939 (at that time, the USRR acted as an ally of Germany and invaded Poland, the Baltic States and Finland in accordance with the Hitler-Stain Pact, also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact ). After the Phoney War from 1939 to 1940, the Germans invaded and defeated France within seven weeks and forced the British off the continent. France surrendered to Germany although the French force, in-exile, led by General Charles de Gaulle continued the liberation of France by the Western Allies UK and US. The Forces of Free France took part in combat against Axis forces at several theatres of warfare, not least on the Eastern Front, where a unit of French airmen fought together with USSR aviators.