Disinfo: UN allegations of Russian war crimes in Syria are unfounded and biased, based on a flawed investigation

Summary

Russia didn’t commit any war crime in Syria, contrary to what is stated in the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Arab country published on March 2, 2020. The allegations of war crimes were made immediately after terrorists started their offensive against Syrian troops in Idlib, so no committee may get reliable information on what was going on on the ground. The report is unilateral, not objective and terrorist actions are not taken into account.

Disproof

The allegations are false. The report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic is based on evidence available, including witness testimonies, video footage, data imagery as well as reports by flight spotters, flight communication intercepts and early warning observation reports, enough for the body to conclude that there was reasonable grounds to believe that a Russian aircraft participated in two episodes tantamount to war crimes (p.6). In both incidents, the Russian Air Force did not direct the attacks at a specific military objective, amounting to the war crime of launching indiscriminate attacks in civilian areas.

The report also addresses human rights violations by terrorist groups -describing them as such- from the very beginning of the document, in the third paragraph of the introductory summary, as well as the actions of the Turkish and Syrian governmental armies, so the claim of bias is unfounded.

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia or its allies always being falsely accused of war crimes and international law violations. You can see many other examples in our database, such as allegations that the Russian army doesn’t deliberately target civilians, unlike the US, or that Amnesty International is an ideological tool of US security services, Russia’s insistence on an alleged lack of interest in finding the truth in the Skripal and Litvinenko cases or in the downing of the MH17 flight, or claims about the anti-Russian bias of the OPCW, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the PACE, Ukraine’s national DNA or the West in general.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: United Nations, Anti-Russian, Human rights, Syrian War
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Lithuanian Foreign Ministry tries to rewrite the history of World War II

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Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of their history.

It is a fact that both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were totalitarian regimes, which caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. It is also proven that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of the territories of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence. The Soviet Union's occupation of the Baltic states lasted from 1940-1941 and 1944-1990 and resulted in mass deportations and repressions against local populations.

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Disproof

This message is part of a Pro Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Lithuania, presenting the Baltic states as not sovereign, as “vassals”  of US and NATO and used against Russia. See other examples of this narrative here, here and here.

Lithuania is an independent state, which makes sovereign decisions about its foreign and domestic policy.  NATO's increased presence in the Baltic Sea region has been at the request of the Baltic states. Following Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia requested a greater NATO presence in the region.

Coronavirus is a classic example of hybrid warfare

World centres use the coronavirus to control humanity. This is a classic example of hybrid warfare. By supporting and creating panic around the coronavirus, the notorious centres have the chance to directly influence the politics and economies of other countries. Also, this tool helps to break the prevailing value system and wreak havoc. It is easy to control a person living in an atmosphere of fear and panic.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, as well as recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the secret elites (CIA, Global Government, Soros, etc.), “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that rob nations of their sovereignty and identity, crush economies and threaten traditional values.

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