Disinfo: Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a vassal of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Summary

According to the agreement between Erdoğan and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, he is the sultan and the Ukrainian president is his vassal.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Ukraine and its relations with Turkey, consistent with a narrative about Ukraine being under external control.

The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is not a vassal of the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They are presidents of two independent nations, whose relations are based on mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In October, Ukraine and Turkey signed an agreement that enhances cooperation in the military sector. Both countries will cooperate in the development of new types of weapons and in other directions. Ukraine and Turkey are also negotiating a free trade agreement. It is expected that the new treaty will double the bilateral trade volume from the current $4.8 billion to $10 billion. Both agreements are based on respect for the interests of both sides.

The new Strategy of National Security of Ukraine identifies the Republic of Turkey as a strategic partner in the Black Sea region.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that US is no longer controls Ukraine, UK does, that Ukraine is under obvious external control, that Ukraine must obey orders from Washington and Brussels, or that US and IMF define and control political appointments in Ukraine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Turkey, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Black Sea

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British intelligence officers prepared the MH17 crash

Speaking about British intelligence, one must mention its involvement in the crash of the Malaysian Boeing Flight MH17 in the summer of 2014. There is a document that belongs to the Security Service of Ukraine, which reported on the secret visit of two MI6 officers to the ATO (Anti-Terrorist Operation) zone two weeks before the crash. Taking into account other factors, it can be reasonably assumed that British intelligence officers controlled the preparation of this special operation.

Disproof

One of the multiple disinformation narratives on the downing of flight MH17 denying Russia's responsibility.

The Dutch-led criminal investigation by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been ongoing since 2014. On 28 September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskiy in Eastern Ukraine, from where the missile was launched. After firing, the system, with one missing missile, went back to the Russian Federation. On the 24 May 2018, the JIT announced its conclusion that the BUK TELAR used to shoot down MH17 came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

NATO’s only meaning is to be at enmity with Russia

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO as being an anti-Russian organisation.

The congratulatory message from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to US president-elect Joe Biden is purposely misinterpreted to present the head of NATO as encouraging Biden to clash with Russia. In the original congratulatory text, J. Stoltenberg said:

Colour revolutions and NGOs lead to the destruction of states, Armenia is an example

We are breaking the arc of instability around Russia.

Why did Pashinyan capitulate? Pashinyan is an Armenian Navalny, he came to power after a coup d’etat, and then legitimised his rule. This is the result when a non-systemic oppositionist, behind whom is the American embassy, ​​takes power in the state. Nowhere, and never, does the colour revolution bring good. Not in any country. […]

A lesson for everyone is that colour revolutions lead to the destruction of a state. The largest American embassy leads to the destruction of the [Armenian] state. Soros’ NGOs undermine state structures. This is a lesson for the entire post-Soviet region.

Disproof

This case presents a mix of multiple recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on encircling Russia, colour revolutions, and the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, claming that the peaceful protests in most of the post-Soviet states are directed against Russia.

This recurring pro-Kremlin narrative paints all manifestations of popular discontent in the region as colour revolutions, portrays entire nations of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe as pathologically Russophobic, and alleges that the West is attempting to encircle Russia and create instability around all Russian border.