Ukraine can unblock negotiations on maritime borders by recognising the Russian status of Crimea

Summary

Ukraine recognising the Russian status of Crimea would be a good basis for negotiations on maritime borders between the two countries.

 

Disproof

Another manipulative story that Ukraine impedes negotiations with Russia on a peaceful settlement. Ukraine stated that it is ready for negotiations "in any format" to restore Ukrainian sovereignty over Crimea annexed by Russia.

Russia appeals to the fact that after the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine allegedly lost any right to use the sea routes adjacent to the peninsula. However, according to the international maritime law (article 44), Kyiv has every right to use the Black and Azov Seas. 

The European Union has repeatedly called on Russia to stop its aggressive policy against Ukraine and ensure freedom of passage in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait.

More cases about Sea of Azov here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Azov sea, illegal annexation, Black Sea, Crimea
  • Outlet: Tsargrad.tv, Ria.ru
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Russian long-range bombers have never realized bombing simulations against other countries

The appearance of American bombers B-52H Stratofortress at the borders of Crimea and imitation of bombing of Crimea has provocative character, and it is the element of information war. The main component in this event is the imitation of bombing of Crimea. The Russian long-range bombers have never allowed themselves such actions.

Disproof

This message presents a narrative on aggressive NATO threatening peaceful Russia. Read similar cases alleging that NATO is an instrument of US foreign policy, the USA imposes confrontation with Russia on Europe and NATO is pursuing a real war-preparation policy for Europe.

During the recent years, there has been increased activity of the Russian strategic bombers flying close to the borders of NATO members and other US allies - in many situations, these flights take a form of military provocation. It is a common situation when the Russian strategic bombers openly violate the airspace of sovereign countries (Japan, South Korea, Colombia, etc.). Moreover, there have been cases (confirmed by NATO), that Russian strategic bombers simulated nuclear strikes against other countries – see the case of Sweden.

Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians

Lithuania and other Baltic states are under temporary occupation by NATO. Lithuania is ruled by a group of people who are not Lithuanians at all. Generally, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine are one common territory which was illegally destroyed in 1991 as a result of the defeat in the Cold War. They are part of Russian world, and over time, Lithuania will get back to it too.

Disproof

Historic revisionism and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the sovereignty of the Baltic States.  

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are sovereign countries and NATO allies.

Serbian media uncritically repeat false Western media reports on Russia

Western media, starting with Reuters, have misrepresented the results of regional elections in Russia. Reuters contemplated a possible “beginning of the end” for Vladimir Putin, speculated on Putin’s downfall in the 2024 presidential elections and made an unwarranted comparison to Erdoğan’s election losses in Ankara and Istanbul. The media in Serbia have uncritically repeated these conclusions, misinforming the public about the real state of affairs in Russia. That is bad and dangerous for Serbia, because marginal figures are getting media coverage, instead of those who really influence Russia’s policy, including that towards the Balkans.

Disproof

These false claims were spread across two complementary reports of Sputnik Serbia, published on September 14th (“How Putin “lost” the elections in Moscow”) and September 15th (“The West is rejoicing Putin’s decline, but what really happened”). The claim that Serbian media have “blindly reprinted Western disinformation” is diametrically opposed to what actually happened.

Reuters’ report on the results of regional elections in Russia, published on September 9th, does not mention Putin’s “downfall”, nor did Reuters compare Putin to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in this, or any other report on the results of the regional elections held on September 8th in Russia.