Disinfo: Western-Russian relations deteriorated because of Western actions


It is noteworthy that relations between Russia and Western countries, in particular, the United States of America and the countries of the European Union, deteriorated against the background of the Ukrainian crisis, the return of the Crimea to the motherland in March 2014, and the West's imposition of sanctions on Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to put responsibility for the deterioration in relations between Russia and the West exclusively on the latter, ignoring the reasons behind the sanctions.

The West and specifically the EU has imposed restrictive measures, including sectoral sanctions, as a result of the of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Russia's destabilising actions in eastern Ukraine.

Formats such as regular high-level dialogues remain suspended in the absence of the full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia.

The EU’s approach to Russia is guided by five principles agreed in 2016 and reaffirmed, most recently, by EU Foreign Ministers in October 2020. Read more about the EU-Russia relations here.

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Disinfo: The US suffers from a racial war and apartheid; kids worship saint Floyd at schools

A racial war is in full swing in the United States, a natural Apartheid is taking shape. [...]

Militant groups of African Americans have previously gathered under the banner of the Democratic Party on the eve of elections and intimidated voters. [...]

The main task of "protests" - actually pogroms - is to intimidate all opponents of the Democratic Party to a pulp. At the same time, the demonstrators are demanding from the state authorities to reduce or even simply abolish the police. Without their own security officials, the population of states that support Trump will remain completely defenseless. In 2024, you can do anything with them. They will go and vote for whomever the Democratic Party and its militants will tell them to.


The younger generation is indoctrinated into the new Apartheid from the early years in school. From the age of eight, children learn to properly worship St. Floyd and study a discipline called "systemic racism."


Disinformation about racial justice protests and Democratic Party in the US.

There is no evidence to support the article's claims that militant groups of African Americans are intimidating or physically threatening Trump supporters, let alone that they are doing it on behalf of the US Democratic Party. The claims about the racial war, Apartheid in the US or state collapse also do not reflect reality. Attempts to exagerrate, fuel and exploit racial tensions in the US date back to the USSR and are continued by contemporary pro-Kremlin media outlets.

Disinfo: The are greater guarantees of freedom of expression in Russia than in the West

The are greater guarantees of freedom of expression in Russia than in the West, including the United States.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on freedom of speech and press, which alleges that Western governments are increasingly limiting the freedom of expression and the independence of the media.

In fact, freedom of expression is under increasing pressure in Russia. Human Rights Watch's 2020 report highlighted the persecution and arrest of journalists and citizens in Russia following the tightening of restrictive measures on the freedom of expression, aiming especially to crack down on online activities on the basis of a 2019 law that increased the government’s censoring power over the media.

Disinfo: Zelensky needs to give explanations to Washington after each of his acts

The head of the Russian state is able to independently make decisions, assume certain obligations and fulfill them. As for the head of Ukraine, unfortunately, he will have to call Washington after any negotiations. Zelensky, after a meeting with Putin, if it takes place, will be obliged to coordinate his actions with Washington.


Recurrent disinformation on the US' rule over Ukraine and the US dictating the future of Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The decisions are taken by the Ukrainian authorities: the President, the Verkhovna Rada, and the judiciary. Ukraine is not controlled by the US or any other foreign government or organisation. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are confirmed by resolutions of the United Nations and is respected by most countries in the world, with Russia as the important exception.. Ukraine is a member of numerous international organisations. It has hundreds of diplomatic and consular representations across the world.