East StratCom disinformation claim:

Unlike a number of other countries, Russia has consistently pursued a policy of “good neighbourhood” and respect for international law.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 15. November 2016

Debunk claim:

Since 1992, Russia has been closely linked to the appearance of numerous separatist entities: in South Ossetia and Abkhazia (Georgia), Transnistria (Moldova), Donbas (Ukraine) – as well as to the illegal annexation of Crimea (Ukraine). Russia has also threatened other neighnouring countries, including the Baltic States and Poland. Russia’s actions in Ukraine is a clear violation of international law. Article 2, paragraph 4 of the UN Charter declares without ambiguity that “all Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations” http://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/chapter-i/. UNGA Resolution 68/262 also affirmed the General Assembly’s commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and underscored the invalidity of the 2014 Crimean referendum http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/a_res_68_262.pdf

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 48. The item is located at row number 22 in the report.

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