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.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Europe, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Ukraine, gas, Nord Stream 2, Energy, Natural resources
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @Rossiya 1 time 22:00-22:25
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Poland is to blame for being attacked by Stalin in 1939

On 17 September 1939, the Red Army crossed the Polish border. By this time Polish troops had already been defeated by the Wehrmacht, while the Polish government fled abroad. Regardless of tensions between Moscow and Warsaw, the Red Army did not advance too deep, stopping at the “Curzon Line”. This ethnic border between Poles, on one side and Ukrainians and Belarusians on the other, was established after the WWI and was supposed to become Eastern border of Poland. But Warsaw, taking advantage of the weakness of Soviet Russia after the civil war, occupied these territories.

Despite the commonly accepted myth that Poland fell victim of the collusion of two totalitarian regimes, the main satellite of Nazi Berlin in Eastern Europe was actually Warsaw. Poland was the first to conclude a non-aggression pact with Germans back in 1934.

The West also forgets that in 1938 Poland participated in the division of Czechoslovakia together with Hitler. The USSR as a response set an ultimatum that Moscow will annul existing non-aggression agreement. Thus, by crossing Polish borders in 1939, the USSR did not violate the international law of those times, unlike it is often being portrayed.

Disproof

This is part of Russian efforts of historical revisionism, in order to portray Russia’s role in World War II as a non-aggressive power and Poland as one of the main culprits of the conflict.

The accusation that Polish authorities provoked the Soviet army's intervention in Poland in September 1939 is a clear historical manipulation.

G7 countries are either insignificant or not fully sovereign

G7 positions are based on the recognition of US global dominance. Canada and Italy do not have enough weight. US occupational military forces have remained in the territories of Japan and Germany since WWII. Both countries are not fully sovereign. UK and France have a very narrow avenue for taking international decisions beyond the US’s position. Hence, the G7 turned into a group of Soviet-like bureaucrats led by Washington. It has not much to discuss beyond European, American, or Japanese problems. Hence, Trump’s statement to bring Russia back, as discussions about Ukraine, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, or global energy security are senseless without Moscow.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Western countries, Germany and Japan in particular, as US vassal states. See other examples of cases presenting different countries under the thumb of the Americans here.

Japan is a fully sovereign state recognised by the international community. US military presence in Japan is regulated by the 1954 Mutual Defence Assistance Agreement. The Constitution of Japan forbids the formation of traditional military force. Read more by the Council of Foreign Relations. 

Poland sympathises with all those willing to fight Russia

Poland is not happy about deeper integration between Belarus and Russia. Poland still hopes to become the leader of New Europe. It follows the concept which puts forward the idea of Polish Prometheus, sympathising with all those willing to fight Russia.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation message consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the aggressive West, Poland in particular.

"Prometheanism" was an ideological concept introduced by Poland's inter-war ruler Józef Piłsudski based on the idea that any great power would collapse if its ethnic minorities were empowered. Based on this concept, the Promethean League (Prometejska Liga) was established, a semi-clandestine network that envisioned cooperation between a group of nations fighting the Soviet Union.