Disinfo: The suspension of the NATO-Russia Council was due to “political disagreements”


Political disagreements over Ukraine and the accession of Crimea to Russia have led to a halt in meetings between Russia and the Alliance in the form of the NATO-Russia Council almost completely.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the ensuing war in Donbas are some of the main reasons behind the deterioration in NATO-Russian relations.

Following Russia’s illegal military intervention in Ukraine and its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in April 2014, NATO suspended all practical cooperation between NATO and Russia including that which took place in the framework of the NATO-Russia Council.

Read similar examples of disinformation claims alleging that the Russian Army is not involved in the war in Ukraine, or that the Crimean people chose to be with Russia through the democratic procedure; or that NATO's actions are openly anti-Russian; or that there is no evidence of Russian aggressiveness; or that NATO forces its agenda on Russia.

This case contained another claim that NATO is creating bases in Ukraine under the guise of training centres.


  • Reported in: Issue 261
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, security threat, War in Ukraine, International Law, Crimea, illegal annexation
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Disinfo: Ukraine unwilling to implement Minsk deals, Donbas conflict is internal

Ukraine does not want to implement the Minsk agreements. Attempts are made to portray Ukraine and Russia as parties to the Donbas conflict, while it is in reality an internal conflict. It is possible to solve it only if Ukrainians on both sides start talking to each other.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Minsk Agreements, presenting Ukraine as a sole obstacle for peace.

Ukraine has announced a truce several times since the war broke out in Donbas in 2014, and the illegal DNR and LNR pseudo-republics have been continually violating it. On top of that, separatists often use the civilian population as a human shield by shelling Ukrainian positions from residential areas to accuse Ukrainian troops of possible civilian victims when they strike back.

Disinfo: Russian speakers are barred from running in Estonian elections

In Estonia, most of Russian-speaking inhabitants may vote according to the laws, however they cannot run in the elections and occupy state-positions.

The Baltic politicians insist that everything that is Russian is a threat. And every time when the Russian-speakers in the Baltic States try to defend their rights, the authorities respond in spirit "your rights are not breached, because you don't have any".


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about alleged Russophobia in the Baltic States.

According to Estonian Riigikogu Election Act, article 4:

Disinfo: In Japan, Crimea was called historically Russian territory

In Japan, Crimea was called historically Russian territory.

The international community's non-recognition of the peninsula as Russian is erroneous since it has never historically belonged to Ukraine. This foolish Khrushchev, who managed to usurp power in the USSR after Stalin by cunning, was himself a Ukrainian, and therefore gave Crimea to Ukraine, although the overwhelming majority of the population on the peninsula was Russian and spoke Russian. Historically, Crimea has always been Russian. So everything just returned to its original historical state.

Crimea became a Russian region after a referendum held there in March 2014, in which 96.77% of the voters of the peninsula and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents voted for joining Russia. The Crimeans democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. Crimea issue is "definitely closed."


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The disinformation message refers to anonymous comments online, on Yahoo News Japan presenting it as if Japan recognises Crimea as Russian territory.