Disinfo: Western sanctions are a result of Crimea’s return to Russia

Summary

Western countries imposed since mid-2014 several sanctions on Moscow because of the return of Crimea to the strength of Russia, and because of Russia’s position on the Ukrainian crisis.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea.

Crimea was illegally annexed by Moscow based on an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17th December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.

The American economic sanctions imposed on Russia also were a reaction to Russia's illegal annexation.

The EU's policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol includes a set of restrictive measures against entities and individuals responsible for actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity. In March 2019, on the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation, the EU reiterated its position of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol. The  EU continues to stand in full solidarity with Ukraine, supporting its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: illegal annexation, War in Ukraine, The West, Sanctions, Crimea
  • Outlet: RT web Arabic, saadaonline, akhbarlibya, kol-masr, sada-ar, rtarab, shamra, almarsad, thawra, lebanon24,
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence provided to support the claims. NATO had nothing to do with the reactions to the Covid-19 emergency, which has been decided by every sovereign state for their own territories. This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against NATO, on this occasion, mixed with another disinformation campaign on the coronavirus.

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