Zelenskyy stands for sanctions because it is a US initiative

Summary

Rightly, they claim why Zelenskyy stands for sanctions. Of course, he will advocate sanctions. After all, sanctions are an initiative of the American Congress and the Senate. How can the President of Ukraine say no, when the American Congress, the European community speak of sanctions?

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's alleged dependence on its Western partners. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Ukraine is seen by the West as an anti-Russian project.

Ukraine's current foreign policy towards Russia is not a result of western anti-Russian strategy but of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, including its annexation of Crimea and the Russian military presence in Donbas.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU and US support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

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  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Vecher s Vladimirom Solovyovym @ Rossiya 1 (01:30:57 - 01:32:00)
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The West chose Russia as its main opponent after the collapse of the USSR

The West chose Russia as its main opponent after the collapse of the USSR.

The West today is divided on all major issues, and the only basis for unification is the anti-Russian issue. After the collapse of the USSR, suddenly the West no longer had a main opponent and chose Russia for this role. This is a pretext for them to maintain their military presence in different regions and to justify the network of their military bases.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia and about Western belligerence towards Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications and cooperation with Russia. For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest." No other country outside the alliance has such a privileged relationship with NATO.

For Europe the transit of gas through Ukraine is a form of subsidy to Naftogaz

In this way [by preserving the transit of gas from Russia to Europe via Ukraine] Europe is trying to guarantee 2 bln dollars of subsidies to Naftogaz which would help to avoid problems that might follow.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine and the gas talks between Ukraine, the EU, and Russia.

On 19 September 2019, trilateral gas talks were held in Brussels. Ukraine and the EU proposed to sign a new transit contract for the duration of 10 years which will allow Ukraine to transport 60 bcm of gas from Russia to the EU. Russia, on the contrary, wants to prolong the existing contract for an additional year.

The Americans are interested in disrupting gas transit via Ukraine

Ukrainian experts and the government do not serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, they serve the American [energy] interest. The latter wants to sell liquefied gas, to worsen the situation in Europe and to put it on its knees using gas and political methods. And in order to accomplish this they have lit up Ukraine [with the Euromaidan revolution in 2013-2014] and have divided the European continent.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging Washington is trying to create problems for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction and disrupt the gas transit via Ukraine in order to open the market for the liquified gas from the United States. Mixed in there is another often encountered pro-Kremlin disinformation claim blaming the US for instilling the Euromaidan.

Ukraine has made it clear that it is interested and ready to continue transit of gas from Russia to the EU. On 19 September 2019, during the third round of trilateral gas talks between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia, Ukrainian delegation confirmed its willingness to sign a new contract for the duration of 10 years under the EU law.