Disinfo: Zelenskyy wants to give Crimea to Turkey, Erdogan supports this

Summary

Zelenskyy is trying to tear Crimea away from Russia in order to hand it, along with the Kherson region, to Erdogan.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

There is zero evidence that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy wants to give Crimea to Turkey, or that the Turkish President Erdogan is interested in this.

Turkey supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including its sovereignty over Crimea. Ankara officials have repeatedly spoken about this publicly.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced on 27 February 2014 and held on 16 March 2014. A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

See previous disinformation cases alleging recognition of the annexation of Crimea: NYT says Crimea is Russian; Catalan leaders have recognised Crimea; Naftogaz recognised Crimea; EU will recognise Crimea as a part of Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 218
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Turkey, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Crimea

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Disproof

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Disproof

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