Disinfo: US bans 155 Ukrainian imports due to political situation

Summary

the US suspended duty free import of 155 types of Ukrainian products due to the political situation in the country.

Disproof

Actually, the decision on the part of the US was made last year and has nothing to do with the current political situation in Ukraine. In December 2017 the US administration put Ukraine on notice for “failing to provide adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights, providing 120 days to remedy the situation and improve the legal regime governing royalties. As the 120 days’ notice expired and the copyright situation in Ukraine remained unchanged, Ukraine’s partial suspension from the Generalized System of Preferences for 155 types of Ukrainian products went into effect in April 26, 2018. In a special 2018 report on intellectual property rights issued by the Office of the US Trade Representative, Ukraine continues to be on the US priority watch list for copyright infringement together with China, Russia, Argentina and eight other countries. Further debunking at Stopfake.org

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  • Reported in: Issue 107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Trade, Ukrainian disintegration
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Crimea is Russian

Crimea is seen as part of Russia, from which it thus cannot legally secede. Crimea ended up being included in the Ukrainian SSR only based on the “voluntary decision” by Nikita Khrushchev. Up to this point, it (Crimea) had been perceived exclusively as a Russian territory. And in 2014 the peninsula joined the Russian Federation on the basis of a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula took part. And now it will not be returned to Ukraine or any other country.

Disproof

Crimea is part of Ukraine. In 1783 Catherine II (the Great) annexed Crimean peninsula. After that, rivalry between the Russians and the Turks persisted, and in the Crimean War (1853–56) it expanded into a broader European conflict. When the Revolution of 1917 led to the collapse of the Russian Empire, the remaining Crimean Tatars declared Crimea to be an independent democratic republic. The peninsula was reorganized as the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic in 1921. After the war Crimea was downgraded from an autonomous republic to an oblast (region) of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, and in 1954 it was transferred to Ukraine. https://www.britannica.com/place/Crimea Russia illegally annexed Crimea in 2014. https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/41530/international-law-crimea-ukraine_en Further debunking by Polygraph.info

US sanctions seriously damage US businesses

U.S. sanctions against companies owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska (who is also personally a target of the U.S. sanctions) would seriously damage American businesses. Sanctioning Deripaska’s company Rusal, the world’s second-largest aluminum producer, would hurt companies like the Ford Motor Company. The company would not have enough aluminum to supply the market demand for the popular Ford F150 pickup truck.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation concerning sanctions against Russia. Ford does not depend on Rusal or any other foreign source of aluminium to produce these trucks. “F150 is only produced in the U.S.,” according to Christin Baker, a Ford Company spokesperson. “95 percent of the steel and 98 percent of the aluminium used in U.S. production is sourced in US.” Further debunking by Polygraph.info

The US made Finland to conduct anti-Russian military exercise

The US made Finland to conduct anti-Russian military exercise.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation around military exercises and US dictating European countries. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77413&date=, The Finnish Army’s mechanised exercise Arrow 18 is conducted in Pohjankangas, Niinisalo, from 7 to 18 May 2018. Apart from the participating Finnish training units, this exercise will bring to Finland the US Army Europe (USAREUR) 2nd Cavalry Regiment’s mechanised infantry, an armoured fighting vehicle combat team from the Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa (MARFOREUR/AF), and an intelligence platoon from the Norwegian Armed Forces. maavoimat.fi/en/arrow18-en, Further debunking by Ilta-Sanomat: www.is.fi/ulkomaat/art-2000005673160.html,