Disinfo: US recognised Crimea as Russian

Summary

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo presented Crimea to Russia. He admitted that Crimea is now Russian territory and Ukraine cannot return it.

Disproof

This disinformation case spread amid a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Ukraine. In addition to official meetings, he held informal meetings with Ukrainian activists. During a meeting with Crimean representatives, the former deputy head of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine, the representative of the Crimean Tatar people Emine Dzheppar, asked the White House to keep annexed Crimea insight of US foreign policy and categorically denies that Pompeo said anything about the impossibility of returning Crimea to Ukraine.

The US Embassy in Ukraine also denied that Pompeo mentioned anything about Crimea being a lost cause. 

Moreover, at a press briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Pompeo emphasised that the United States of America will never recognise the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Pompeo also recalled that the United States fully supports the Crimea Declaration of 2018 on the non-recognition of the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

Read similar cases that Crimea never belonged to Ukraine and that Crimea is now recognised as an integral part of Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, illegal annexation, Occupation, Crimean Tatars, Crimea
  • Outlet: Tsargrad.tv; Eg.ru; Ria.ru; 5-tv.ru; Vesti.ru
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The EU imposes its aggressive policy on all countries

London intends to partially lift sanctions against Russia. The EU imposes its universal approaches on all (member) countries. This makes economic and political relations uncomfortable. Even the UK experienced certain problems with the approach of the EU and was forced to endure while being an EU member. As a result of the aggressive policy of the EU, many areas of cooperation were destroyed. This signal, first of all, should be heard in Brussels.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and its sanctions on Russia.

The EU is a democratic Union of 27 Member States. The unique feature of the EU is that, although the Member States remain sovereign and independent states, they have decided to pool some of their 'sovereignty' in areas where it makes sense to work together. The decision-making structure in the EU is defined by the EU treaties.  Article 5 of the Treaty on European Union ensures the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen. Learn more here.

PACE manifests double standards

The report on the freedom of journalists is biased and has become a manifestation of PACE’s double standards. Outrageous violations of journalists’ rights in Estonia and Ukraine remained ignored by the report. During the PACE session, a press conference was organised by Executive Director of Russia Today and Sputnik Estonia’s Chief Editor. However, their speech was not reflected in the report, but an attempt to offend Russia was made.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Council of Europe, attempting to undermine the institution, as well as a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's deliberate anti-Russian activities, Russophobia and double standards. The Council of Europe is an international organisation whose stated aim is to uphold human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Europe. The Council of Europe is not "anti" any country, nor does the PACE offend anyone. PACE resolutions aim at resolving existing problems and cannot be considered as steps against the country concerned.

During the PACE winter session, the executive director of Russia Today and editor-in-chief of Sputnik Estonia claimed without evidence that there is no freedom of speech in Estonia, but rather total censorship. However, in resolution N2317, the Assembly noted that in fact the Russian Federation should "address the problem of violence against journalists, including murders, physical attacks and threats, arrests, imprisonment, on-line harassment", "prevent police violence against journalists, as has happened during July-August 2019 demonstrations in Moscow" and "review the terms of reference of the Russian federal media regulator, Roskomnadzor, to limit its excessive power in the monitoring and censorship of the media, including on-line media; the blocking of independent media outlets without any warning or explanation, as recently happened to the Fergana news website, is an action amounting to censorship that is incompatible with the freedom of the media".

Poland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWII

Particular Western countries try to question the status of Russia as a country, which had won in WWII, and to adjust the history to the present-day political situation. The Polish and Lithuanian parliaments adopted the resolutions on mutual responsibility of the USSR and Nazi Germany for the outbreak of WWII.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and the Russian attempt to hide the uncomfortable facts of the Soviet history from 1939-1941 (Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and partition of Eastern and Central Europe between Hitler and Stalin; occupation of the Baltic states; Soviet attack at Finland in 1939-1940, etc.).

The resolutions of the Polish and Lithuanian Parliaments regarding WWII do not question the status of Russia as a country, which had won in this war as it is a fact – these resolutions are aimed at the criticism of two totalitarian regimes, which started WWII in 1939.