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

Summary

Western sanctions imposed on Russia are a response to Crimea returning to its original body and to Russia’s position on the Ukrainian crisis.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the 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 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.

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Coronavirus is an American instrument of biological war

Coronavirus is an [instrument] of American biological war that was launched to fight China, but it got out of control.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, there is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states. 

It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing 693,224 confirmed cases and 33,106 deaths as of 30 March 2020.

Coronavirus is definitely an act of American warfare

Some studies and points of view suggest that the United States is behind the Covid-19.

For example, in October 2019, the Military World Games took place in Wuhan, and about 200 American soldiers participated in it, a month later, this virus appeared.

The New York Times and other American newspapers stated that the American government closed a chemical research laboratory for biological warfare, without mentioning the reasons, and there might be some leakage.

The international Nature magazine, published in 2015 an important article in which it said that scientists, specifically in the United States, are studying a modification of the coronavirus which will be transmitted to humans without going through the incubation period in bat’s body.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus. There is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states. 

It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing 697,244 confirmed cases and 33,257 deaths up until 31 March 2020 in 203 countries, areas or territories.

The coronavirus pandemic is a turning point in history: world order is falling

The world coronavirus pandemic is a turning point in world history. Not only are stock indices and oil prices collapsing, the world order itself is falling. We are living in the period of the end of liberalism and its “obviousness” as global meta-narrative, the end of its measures and standards. Human societies will soon become free floating: no more dogmas, no more dollar-imperialism, no more free market spells, no more Fed dictatorship or global stock exchanges, no more subservience to the world media elite. Each pole will build its future on its own civilizational foundations. It is obviously impossible to say what this will look like or what it will lead to. However, it is already clear that the old world order is becoming a thing of the past, and quite distinct contours of a new reality are emerging before us.

What neither ideologies, nor wars, nor fierce economic battles, nor terror, nor religious movements have been able to do, has been accomplished by an invisible, yet deadly virus. It brought with it death, pain, horror, panic, sorrow… but also the future.

Disproof

The COVID-19 outbreak is a serious challenge to many countries, but there is no foundation for the claim that it will lead to a new world order.

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