Disinfo: UN Security Council held honest dialogue with Russia about Crimea


At the initiative of Russia, the UN Security Council discussed the issue of Crimea. It was an honest dialogue, the first time the UN heard honest data about Crimea. The delegation from the Crimea debunked all the fakes on the peninsula.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Crimea.

The article refers to “honest dialogue” during an informal meeting of the UN Security Council, however it fails to mention that during the video conference Western countries reaffirmed their commitment to reject the Russian illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories. The article also ignores the criticism of Russia's actions that were voiced.

The so-called “Arria formula” meetings are often used at the UN - these are informal negotiations that allow members of the organisation to be informed on international security issues. In the Crimean issue, Council members have used this format since March 2014. Meetings are usually organised jointly by France, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other members of the Security Council in partnership with Ukraine. On 21 May, Russia decided to convene its own conference on the situation in the temporarily occupied Crimea; however, Ukraine, the USA, Great Britain and Estonia refused to take part.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting, initiated by Russia, was held by video conference. In addition to Russia, representatives of China, France, Belgium, Indonesia, Germany, the European Union and Czechia participated. However, most countries refuse to accept any “facts” provided by the Kremlin about the situation in Crimea, emphasising they do not recognise the illegal Russian annexation of the peninsula and continue to strongly condemn the Kremlin’s violation of international law. “We regret that Russia is calling an Arria-formula meeting in a futile attempt to legitimise the illegal annexation and we underline that Russia's action, and our participation here, cannot be interpreted as a recognition of any alteration of the status of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.” The EU representative stated during the conference (01:06:36-01:11:41).

The last time issues of the occupied Crimea were discussed in the UN Security Council was in March this year, where a meeting was held on Russia's violation of human rights on the peninsula. That event was organised by the permanent missions of Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, the UK and the USA to the UN in partnership with Ukraine. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and the head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York, Ilse Brands Kehris spoke about the flagrant violations of human rights by Russia in Crimea, which include: restrictions on freedom of speech, assembly, movement, religion, illegal call-ups of Crimeans to the Russian army, as well as the detention, abduction and murder of residents of the peninsula.


  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, UK, Russia, Ukraine, US, France
  • Keywords: United Nations, security threat, War crimes, Occupation, Crimean Tatars, UN, Crimea


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