Disinfo: Ukraine is not willing to sign a new contract for gas transit

Summary

Ukraine does not want to sign anything. They want problems in order to bring us to war.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative blaming Ukraine for the disruption of the gas talks between Russia and Ukraine and plans to cut gas transit from Russia to the EU. On 19 September 2019, the trilateral gas talks were held in Brussels. Ukraine and the EU proposed to sign a new transit contract for a duration of 10 years which will allow Ukraine to transport 60 billion cubic metres of natural gas from Russia to the EU. Russia, on the other hand, wants to extend the current contract for 1 year. Ukraine’s Naftogaz handed over a draft interconnection agreement and a draft standard transmission agreement to Gazprom. Naftogaz also presented this to the EU, the future Russian-Ukrainian independent transmission system operator (TSO) and national company GTSOU, as well as providing them with a road map for the completion of the unbundling of the TSO. Following the trilateral talks, Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič described the negotiations as constructive. He pointed out the progress made, especially the willingness of both sides to have a contract that will be based on EU law. He also mentioned to the Russian side that Ukraine is fulfilling its obligations in terms of adopting necessary legislation and unbundling of Naftogaz in order to be able to work under EU rules as of 1 January 2020. In August, Oleksandr Danylyuk, Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council Secretary, acknowledged that the extension of the transit is important for Ukraine and Kyiv is ready to sign a new contract. “There are other factors to be taken into account, including the way the Ukrainian GTS [gas transportation system] works. This is important. Continuation of Russian gas transit would have been irrelevant if not for that. We understand that this is another leverage,” he said. See previous debunks on the topic here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Ukraine, gas, Nord Stream 2, Natural resources, Energy, European Union, Europe
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In a stronger alliance with the US, Poland wants to dictate its will to the rest of the EU

Polish authorities were certain of signing an US-Polish agreement on the establishment of “Fort Trump” during the events of the 1st of September 2019. Poland hopes to become an Eastern European Britain. Then, as the most pro-American country, with US support, it could dictate to the rest of the EU what to do and how to do it. These hopes, however, did not come true.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US presence in Europe. The US and Poland did indeed negotiate the establishment of a permanent US military base in Poland known as "Fort Trump." It was expected that the two sides would discuss this issue during Trump's planned visit to Poland on 1 September 2019, however, reports did not refer to plans to sign a final agreement on that date. Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies - moreover, as a member of NATO and the EU, Poland is able to impact the formation of common foreign policies of these unions. See other examples of the disinformation about Polish-American relations here. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is the US's "Trojan horse" and is a fully controlled country, that Latvia is a US's vassal state and that Poland plans to establish an anti-Russian buffer zone including Belarus.

Hong Kong protests are the West's revenge on China for not waging war against Russia

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Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about western influence behind the protests in Hong Kong, a shadow government in the form of Anglo-Saxon control over Chinese trade through Hong Kong, and the West's anti-Russian activities. The claim that the West has been pushing China to wage war against Russia which Beijing ultimately refused to do, is a groundless conspiracy theory. The protests in Hong Kong started in June 2019 over a controversial extradition law, but have expanded to call for Hong Kong's leader to step down, an inquiry into alleged police brutality, for those who have been arrested to be released and greater democratic freedoms See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Britain and US are organising the protests in Hong Kong, the Luciferian Zionist Rothschild crime family controls the Western mainstream media, and the West always dreams of splitting Russia.

Czechia intends to build hotels in Crimea

A delegation from Czechia arrived in Crimea. On the peninsula, visitors signed a number of investment documents with the leadership of the peninsula. Among other things, Czechia is going to develop the tourism industry in Crimea.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray a gradual acceptance of Crimea's position within the Russian Federation, especially by the West. Read similar cases here. A group of Czech citizens actually visited annexed Crimea, but they were not part of an official delegation. Czechia dissociated itself from such visitors - they had neither the authority nor the mandate to negotiate on behalf of the government about any Czech investments in the economy of annexed Crimea. The trip of several Czech citizens to the peninsula is an exclusively private initiative, the Czech Foreign Ministry said. They called on their citizens to respect the laws of Ukraine. Also, the Czech Foreign Ministry said that for a long time it was strongly recommended not to visit the Ukrainian occupied territories without special permission to enter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. However, the Czech Republic, like any other democratic country, cannot forcibly restrict the right to movement of its citizens and force them not to travel to Crimea or Donbas. See here for the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation.