There is no evidence of the chemical attacks in Syria

Summary

Chemical weapon, sanctions, this and that, everything is staged. The last bloc of sanctions is a sort of comedy. They were imposed because Russia allegedly did not stand against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. But there is not a single piece of evidence of any chemical attacks in Syria. All these [proofs of the] chemical attacks, all these white helmets… failed.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the lack of proof of the chemical attacks in Syria, discrediting White Helmets and criticising sanctions against Russia.

The chemical weapon attacks in Syria were confirmed by the OPCW, the international organisation which conducts probes into all allegations of chemical weapons' use in Syria; its findings serve as the basis for publicly available reports and expert notes. See more details here.

The White Helmets are a volunteer search and rescue organisation made up of a group of Syrian civilians who mobilised to help war casualties in Syria, namely injured civilians trapped under the rubble of destroyed buildings. The organisation - which is made up of 3,400 volunteers including teachers, engineers, tailors and firefighters - states that it has no affiliation to any political or military actor and is committed to render services to anyone in need.  

The EU imposed sanctions over the use of chemical weapons for the first time in history in January 2019, targeting four Russians over the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury UK, and five Syrians and one entity over chemical attacks in Douma in April 2018.

Read more on the history of EU sanctions imposed against Russia here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Anti-Russian, Syrian War, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus @ Gorizont Sobytiy time 28:45 - 29:40
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Ukrainians are part of the Russian people

Ukrainians are not just fraternal people, they are part of a divided Russian people.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about all-Russian nation. Ukraine is recognised in international law as a sovereign nation state, with its own flag, nationality, language etc. Ukraine has preserved its culture and identity despite foreign rule for long periods.

The all-Russian nation is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that aims at weakening the national identity of Ukrainians (and also Belarusians) and also their sovereignty.

Ukraine’s plan B is war

When we [Russia] at some point started to believe in peace, the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry suddenly came out and unexpectedly declared: “If not peace, then we have a plan B. And this plan B is war.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine. No evidence is given to Ukraine's belligerent stance.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that the authorities have action plans in case something goes wrong during the implementation of the Steinmeier Formula. He didn't claim that Ukraine's plan B is war. "If this plan does not work, then we have to understand that we have fewer options, we have the last plan, plan B. How to make less movements across our border, which is now de facto established, and in fact, it's just part of our territory, of the terrorists who blew up cars in Kyiv", said Prystaiko.

Ukraine is the main friend for the Baltic States in their Russophobic interests

If Zelenskyy resists the pressure from his opponents [who are protesting against the adoption of the Steinmeier formula], a long-term bloody conflict in Donbas will come to a halt and the Baltic States will lose their main friend [Ukraine] in their Russophobic interests.

Disproof

No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the Russophobia in the Baltic States and in Ukraine.

In fact, Ukraine is not a Russophobic country as is often claimed by the Kremlin media. It had to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the act of aggression by the Russian armed forces in Donbas. It did not ban the Russian language, as is often claimed by the Kremlin, nor did it ban contact between Ukrainians and Russians.