Disinfo: UK is against Azerbaijan

Summary

Several agencies, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, that have nothing to do with sport, produce biased and unreal considerations and try to formulate opinions of the international community that it is inexpedient to hold important sporting events in Azerbaijan.  There are no allegations of theft nor fraud, and there is no problem with ethical conduct.  I think that in this issue we have to go down to political roots. Anti-Azerbaijani forces are clearly visible here. In the period of important international events in Azerbaijan, or during such events, these forces are launching a black campaign against Azerbaijan.  If we pay attention, we can see that such campaigns are biased and have no basis.

Disproof

This report comes after Arsenal and Chelsea fans were apparently warned they could be a target for terror attacks in Azerbaijan. The Premier League sides will compete in the Europa League final in the capital city of Baku on May 29. But British media reports wrote about a ‘likely’ attack.

This has been taken out of context, as the UK government responded, explaining this advice is not new: "We did not issue a new warning on the threat from terrorism in Azerbaijan. We issued an update to our Azerbaijan travel advice on 1 May to remove advice on travelling through Istanbul. It noted that there are consultative pages on every country for British people travelling abroad: “Each travel advice country page has a dedicated section with information on our assessment of the threat from terrorism in that country. This is to ensure we fulfil our duty of care to British nationals and is under constant review. Our assessment of the threat from terrorism in Azerbaijan has not changed.”

"The British Embassy is surprised that travel recommendations published in the Azerbaijani media referring to the UK Foreign Ministry are constantly posted on the Ministry"s website. The citations referenced by the media have existed for several years. Travel recommendations are not subject to discussion. This is a carefully drafted document by the UK government to fulfil the obligation of care for citizens of the country. Recommendations were updated on May 1st.  However, this update was only technical and logical in nature, and reflected some facts.  In particular, the update was associated with the introduction of a new airport in Istanbul."

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Azerbaijani
  • Country: Azerbaijan, UK
  • Keywords: Terrorism
  • Outlet: Trend Azerbaijan
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Kerch Strait incident.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given.

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Disproof

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