April 8, 2019  |  Updated May 22, 2019

Are NATO States Sending Ukraine’s Navy ‘Junk’ Vessels?

By Fatima Tlis
UKRAINE, ODESA – frigate of the Spanish Navy Santa Maria in the Black Sea port, April 4, 2019

On April 3, as North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) foreign ministers gathered in Washington, DC to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary, the Russian state media shared a report claiming NATO support for the Ukrainian navy was “laughable” and the ships provided to Ukraine by NATO states are nothing but “junk.”

These claims, attributed to Andrei Koshkin, head of the political science and sociology department at the prestigious Plekhanov Academy, were broadcast on Sputnik radio and then republished by several other government media outlets, including RIA Novosti.

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