East StratCom disinformation claim:

After the Cold War, the West has deprived Russia of voting rights in international politics and demanded that Russia has to pay reparations and accept “occupational command and control” on its territory.

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Period/date: 5. December 2016

Debunk claim:

No evidence of depriving of voting rights, of reparations, of occupation. Directly the opposite: There is a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EURussia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were suspended due to Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation. There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. The EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts. // NATO has consistently striven to build a cooperative relationship with Russia since the early 1990s, through the Partnership for Peace and creation of a NATO-Russia Council, and specific cooperation in the Western Balkans on and issues like counter-narcotics and counterterrorism. No other NATO partner has been offered a comparable relationship, nor a similarly comprehensive institutional framework: http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl105. // In 1997, Russia was invited to join the G7 group of major advanced economies in the world, thus forming the G8. (At the time, Russia ranked 14th to 17th in the list of countries according to GDP: http://en.classora.com/reports/t24369/general/ranking-of-the-worlds-richest-countries-by-gdp?edition=1996&fields; http://en.classora.com/reports/t24369/ranking-of-the-worlds-richest-countries-by-gdp?edition=1997; http://en.classora.com/reports/t24369/general/ranking-of-the-worlds-richest-countries-by-gdp?edition=1998&fields). In 2006, President Putin hosted the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg. Russia’s membership of the G8 was suspended in 2014 because of its illegal annexation of Crimea. // Russia joined the Council of Europe, the continent’s leading human rights organisation, in 1996. // The EU supported and welcomed Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization in 2012, after 18 years of negotiations: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-12-906_en.htm?locale=en. Russia has however not yet fulfilled some of the commitments it made before its accession, including fundamental WTO rules on customs duties: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1534

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 51. The item is located at row number 38 in the report.

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