East StratCom disinformation claim:

Europe recognizes Crimea as part of Russia.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 19. May 2016

Debunk claim:

Repeating already debunked disinformation. Veneto regional council has no authority over Italy’s foreign policy and the resolution on Crimea is not binding (http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-veneto-regional-council-considers-crimea-part-of-russia/). Two years on from the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity (http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2016/03/18-hr-eu-crimea/?utm_source=dsms-auto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Declaration+by+the+High+Representative+on+behalf+of+the+EU+on+Crimea).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Mark Wittfoth, student, University of Amsterdam in Disinformation Review issue 28. The item is located at row number 10 in the report.

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