Disinfo: The West is blatantly interfering in the internal affairs of post-Soviet countries

Summary

After the collapse of the USSR, the West believed that the “end of history” had arrived. And that it was then allowed to grossly interfere in the affairs of certain states. Moreover, it unceremoniously commands internal political processes. Ukraine is the most glaring example.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Ukrainian statehood and the West's strategy of encircling Russia.

Ukraine is a sovereign state and not controlled by any foreign government. Its sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by the Western countries but were violated by Russia in 2014. Ukraine is an independent state with a democratically elected president and Parliament.

The EU and the US work closely with Ukraine and support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, Encircling Russia, USSR, Sovereignty, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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OSCE says there has never been Russian weapons in Eastern Ukraine

With regards to a specific stance on south-eastern Ukraine, we must rely on the conclusions of the “Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe”, which has stated, more than once, that there has never been heavy Russian weaponry in this region. 

Disproof

Denying the presence of Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. Moreover, claims that the OSCE did not find evidence of Russian presence in eastern Ukraine goes against statements of the former First Deputy Chief Monitor to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug. It is not the first time that such claims have been made 

In an interview, delivered in Autumn 2018, Hug mentions that the Mission has been recording the instances of Russia's involvement in the war in Donbas (in Eastern Ukraine). "We have been seeing at least in six instances convoys leaving and entering Ukraine, which we have been documenting, which have been driving towards the unsecure border with the Russian Federation in the middle of the night, on dirt roads, and have been seen at the unsecure border at areas where there is no official border crossing," Hug said.  

European Council sanctions are irrational and unjustified

We must remember that the European Council is imposing irrational and unjustified sanctions on us [Russia]. 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming both that international sanctions against Russia are not justified (see similar cases here and here) and that they produce no negative effects on Russia (similar cases here, here and here).

All EU sanctions against Russia were imposed after major illegal actions by the Russian Federation, or against persons that have directly threatened the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

USSR was not going to divide Poland

It is often said that Stalin or the Soviet government entered into a treaty with Germany in order to divide Poland and seize the Baltic states. Thе treaty was signed on the basis of national interests. But USSR had neither documents nor facts showing that Hitler would definitely attack Poland. There were intelligence reports – this was assumed, but there was no certainty. USSR certainly was not going to divide Poland.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative revising the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) was signed on August 23, 1939. To the public pact of nonaggression was appended a secret protocol, which divided the whole of eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence. Poland east of the line formed by the Narew, Vistula, and San rivers would fall under the Soviet sphere of influence. The protocol also assigned Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Finland to the Soviet sphere of influence.