Disinfo: Visa-liberalisation with Ukraine will flood Europe with Ukrainian Nazis

Summary

Visa-liberalisation with Ukraine will lead to the influx of Ukrainian neonazis into Europe. Also, there is a civil war in Eastern Ukraine.

Disproof

The visa liberalisation will grant Ukrainians only short-term visits to Europe (90 days every half a year), and is not connected to the issue of labour liberalisation for Ukrainians. The visa liberalisation doesn't mean abolition of border security checks. Furthermore, all Ukrainians seeking to use the visa-free regime will have to posses a biometric passport. A recurring narrative about Nazis in Ukraine; similar case here. There is no civil war in Ukraine, there is Russian military aggression in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 51
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2016
  • Outlet language(s) Czech
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Civil war, Visa liberalisation, Europe, Nazi/Fascist
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The enlargement of NATO in Eastern Europe was imposed by the USA

The enlargement of NATO after the Cold War was imposed on Eastern European states by the USA. Russia received assurances that NATO will not expand further East in 1990.

Disproof

No evidence given as regards the imposition of NATO membership by the USA on Eastern European states. The alleged promise that NATO will not enlarge further east, which was supposedly given to Gorbachev during negotiations on the reunification of Germany, is not recorded anywhere, is not part of any treaties, and was even denied by Gorbachev himself ().

It is not true that Rosneft and Russia target European courts with disinformation

It is not true that Rosneft and Russia target European courts with disinformation, as the Dutch newspaper NRC and Financial Times claim. Their reporting is based on fake emails and it is part of an anti-Russian conspiracy much like the ‘McLaren’ report.

Disproof

An investigation led by the Dutch newspaper NRC and also reported in the FT has revealed that disinformation coming from Russia can also target the EU court system. Rosneft representatives themselves, who have denied the claims as “ill-founded contentions”, have in fact not denied the actual authenticity of the emails. The McLaren report was an independent investigation presenting evidence that the Russian Ministry of Sport manipulated the doping control process of the 2014 Sochi Games; the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow; the 2013 World University Games in Kazan; and, put measures in place to circumvent anti-doping processes before the 2012 London Games .