Disinfo: The US has violated the INF Treaty for years

Summary

The US has been violating the INF Treaty for years. By violating INF Treaty obligations, the US created the conditions for Russia’s production of missiles prohibited by this Treaty.

The US has never provided evidence to Russia about its compliance with the INF Treaty in the three above-mentioned areas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty.

The US government has issued detailed rebuttals of Russian accusations of US non-compliance with INF Treaty. Moreover, the US has repeatedly engaged Russian officials in multiple venues, including the Treaty’s Special Verification Commission [SVC] to explain why US actions in these areas are in full compliance with the INF Treaty. In December 2017, NATO affirmed that the US is in full compliance with the INF Treaty, and that Russia possesses a new missile system that generated “serious concerns”.

Neither EU, nor any EU Member State is a part of the INF Treaty. Nevertheless, the Treaty has been a cornerstone of European security architecture. The EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini's remarks on the challenges to the INT Treaty can be read here.

See more about the case here and further background here and here.

 

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Romania, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Missile defence system
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU

Ukraine is under the external control of the United States and the EU. Kyiv’s many international supporters have established control of the country and are leading everyone to work against Ukraine’s interests.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. EU and US are not controlling Ukraine.

Sweden acknowledges the Kerch Strait Incident as a Ukrainian provocation

Sweden acknowledges the Kerch Strait Incident as a Ukrainian provocation. Ukraine violated the UN Convention on the law of the sea of 1982, and also the 1997 agreement between Russia and Ukraine on maritime traffic through the Kerch Strait. Ukraine performed a deliberate provocation, relying on support from West, disregarding international law.

Disproof

Sweden has not changed its position on the Kerch Strait as a Russian violation of international law. The media outlet is relying on a Swedish blogger as a source. The same source has been used here also.

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine violating Russian territorial integrity in the Sea of Azov. The use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov is regulated by a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004. According to the document, the Sea of Azov is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

Czech Republic recognises Juan Guaido despite EU doubts

The government of the Czech Republic recognises Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed “president” of Venezuela, despite the doubts of EU member states about this move and the precedent it sets.

Disproof

The Czech Republic's support for Juan Guaido was not a unilateral decision but rather a coordinated move with 10 other EU member states: Austria, Britain, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden. The move followed the expiration of an ultimatum for Nicolas Maduro to call a new election.

This is another example of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and the pro-Western opposition leader Juan Guaido.