Disinfo: Two top US officials say there is no prospect of returning Crimea to Ukraine

Summary

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said there is no historical prospect of Crimea returning to Ukraine.

Disproof

This statement has no evidence. See a similar case that the US recognised Crimea as Russian.

This disinformation case spread in the context of a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ukraine. In addition to official meetings, he held informal meetings with Ukrainian activists. During a meeting with Crimean representatives, the former deputy head of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the representative of the Crimean Tatar people Emine Dzheppar, asked the White House to keep annexed Crimea insight of US foreign policy and categorically denies that Pompeo said anything about the impossibility of returning Crimea to Ukraine.

The US Embassy in Ukraine also denied that Pompeo mentioned anything about Crimea being a lost cause.

Moreover, at a press briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pompeo emphasised that the United States of America will never recognise the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Pompeo also recalled that the United States fully supports the Crimea Declaration of 2018 on the non-recognition of the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Regarding the accusations that Robert O’Brien also made similar statements, there is no evidence to back-up these claims.

Read similar cases that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine and that Crimea is now recognised as an integral part of Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 185
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, Occupation, War in Ukraine, Donbas, Minsk agreements, Crimea, MH17
  • Outlet: Bolshaya igra @ Channel 1 time 00:40:58-00:41:14
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PACE is rude to Russia

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has a boorish and politicised approach to Russia. The one who wrote the PACE resolution [No. 2325] is a liar. PACE documents are superficial, one-sided and politicised. Russia is not a party to the Minsk agreements, is not guilty of the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and Crimea chose to be reunited with Russia.

Disproof

Russian officials were angered by PACE Resolution No. 2325, which concerns countries under the control of the Parliamentary Assembly. Among other things, the document contains criticisms of Russia's anti-democratic actions both domestically and in relation to other countries. The resolution says that “Russia is reinforcing the negative tendencies of democracy, the rule of law and human rights”, continues to establish “borders” and carries out the “creeping annexation of the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia”, and also continues the “illegal annexation of Crimea and military aggression in the east of Ukraine.”

In addition, the document contains a number of requirements for Russia: “to reverse its illegal annexation of Crimea”. Also, among the PACE requirements for Russia, there are clauses on “fully implementing the Minsk agreements to which the Russian Federation is a party and to end its military intervention in, and support for, illegally armed formations in Eastern Ukraine” and “unconditionally and fully co-operate with the joint investigation team and the Dutch prosecution service in bringing those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to justice.”

NATO is such a disaster that the US didn’t want its help after 9/11

NATO is such a disaster that the only time that it tried to invoke its Article 5 for mutual defence, after the 9/11 attacks in the US, Washington said no because it didn’t want to be babysitting the other countries.

Disproof

The allegations are false. On September 12th 2001, one day after the 9/11 attacks, all NATO countries voted unanimously to invoke Article 5, as had been previously requested by US National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice. Troops from 51 NATO and partner nations took part in the subsequent operation of the Atlantic Alliance in Afghanistan, assuming the leadership of the UN-mandated International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2003. Over 1,000 soldiers from America’s NATO allies have since died in the Afghanistan War.

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative aiming to portray NATO as a dysfunctional and useless institution which has lost its purpose after the USSR's dissolution. You can see other examples of disinformation on NATO in our database, such as its obsolescence, cannibalistic character, fascistic tendencies and links to white supremacist ideology, its never-ending provocations, its attempts to block Moscow in its sphere of influence, the Alliance's permanent targeting of Russia and Belarus, its role as a US subjugation tool for other countries and its unreliability to defend its members, its plans to continue attacking other countries, or the claims that NATO's anti-Russian stance is the only unifying force among its members and that it caused massive casualties during its bombing campaign against Serbia.

Estonia and the EU spread lies about the USSR in WWII

The new reality of Russia’s guilt in unleashing the World War II is hammered into the Western and Russian populations by the EU. At the same time, the EU absolutely ignores the sacrifices and efforts that the USSR took upon itself so that Europe could be whole today. This is blasphemy by the EU.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that the European Union is trying to rewrite the history of World War II. See previous disinformation cases claiming that the Red Army liberated Estonia and that the resolution of the European Parliament shows that Europe has become insolent.

The European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe stressed the fact that WWII was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The resolution is aimed at the promotion of historical remembrance about WWII and condemnation of totalitarian ideologies. See related disinformation cases here.