Disinfo: UN Security Council compared EU support for Kyiv with giving a machine gun to a psychopath

Summary

In light of an incident in the Kerch Strait, the United Nations Security Council compared EU support for Kyiv with giving a machine gun into the hands of a psychopath.

Disproof

False attribution of a statement. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Azov sea and Ukraine.

After the European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he condemned Russia's use of force in the Sea of Azov, Andrei Klimov, a member of Russia's Federation Council, accused the EU of encouraging Ukraine's president to engage in "military adventurism." Klimov told RIA Novosti: "This is the same as placing a machine gun and flame thrower in the hands of a psychopath and watching how he acts in a recreation park where people are taking walks."

Futher story by Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: www.rferl.org/a/russia-kerch-strait-ukrainian-provocation-russia-washington/29622239.html,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue127
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Azov sea, Kerch, UN

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and Azov Sea.

On November 25 border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen. Russia argued that they were in Russian waters.

However a bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty is considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine.

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Disproof

No evidence given.

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