14:09 Oct. 19, 2016
Russian media spreading the 'reaking' info that "Syria recognizes Crimea as part of Russia"
Today Russian state media shared the information that one more country officially recognized Crimea as part of Russia. The international community almost unanimously (except Armenia, Kazakhstan and North Korea) condemned Russia's actions on Crimea and refused to consider as legitimate pseudo-referendum and his "legal" fixing of a treaty of accession. Only 11 states of 193 voted against UN General Assembly resolution "The territorial integrity of Ukraine" on March 27, 2014 (Belarus, Bolivia, Venezuela, Armenia, Zimbabwe, Cuba, Nicaragua, North Korea, Russia, Syria, Sudan), six of which came up with the pro-Russian statements.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was the first to support Russian invasion to Crimea already on March 4 in his telegram to Putin even before the so called ‘referendum' and official recognition of annexation. But since then Damaskus made no official state-level recognition of the new status of occupied peninsula.
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So this morning ‘Sputnik' news agency (international multimedia platform operated by the Russian government) shared the info as a ‘breaking news' that ‘Syria Recognizes Crimea as Part of Russia'. The text of the report reads, that "Speaker of the People's Council of Syria, the country's legislative authority, Hadiya Khalaf Abbas, told Sputnik she considered Crimea an integral part of Russia which rejoined the country following expression of free will in referendum."
"Due to the events which unfolded after the collapse of the Soviet Union until present times, this subject returned to its roots after an expression of free will of the people at the Crimean referendum… We accept that Crimea is an integral part of Russia," ‘Sputnik' quotes Abbas. The correctness of the citation is unable to prove because of absence of the video record of the alleged interview on ‘Sputnik' website. But still, the information is actively shared by Russian media and/or propaganda resources.
The ‘breaking news' on Syria's support of Russian aggression appeared right before the Berlin meeting of the Normandy Four on the highest level to discuss the situation in Ukraine. Ukrainian President already stated he ‘is not optimistic' regarding the meeting. The Normandy Format is also called ‘impotent' by Ukrainian media.
As reported, this spring Latvia blocked Russian ‘Sputnik' site as Kremlin ‘propaganda tool'