Photo Manipulation, as if Stoltenberg Refused to Shake Zelenskyy’s Hand

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The disseminated photos are manipulative. The photo that allegedly shows Stoltenberg not shaking Zelenskyy’s hand was taken not at the NATO summit but on April 20 in Kyiv. In fact, at the moment when Zelenskyy extends his hand to Stoltenberg, he looks at the cameras, and as soon as he notices the outstretched hand, he shakes Zelensky’s hand.

Some of the posts create the impression that the photo of Zelenskyy and Stoltenberg was taken at the July 11-12 NATO summit, which is not true. In fact, the photo was taken during Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Kyiv on April 10, 2023.

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In addition, the posts create a false impression as if Stoltenberg is not shaking Zelensky’s hand or is hesitating. In fact, the video of the meeting makes it clear that Zelenskyy and Stoltenberg are looking toward the cameras, and when Zelenskyy reached out to Stoltenberg to shake his hand, Stoltenberg was still looking at the cameras, but as soon as he noticed the outstretched hand, he immediately shook Zelensky’s hand.

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A photo from the July 11-12 NATO summit in Vilnius also went viral, showing delegates talking to each other, and Zelenskyy standing apart. Russian-language Facebook accounts also shared an altered version of the photo to mock Zelensky.

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One of the main issues discussed at the Vilnius summit on July 11-12 was Ukraine’s accession to NATO. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed that Ukraine will become a member of the alliance without MAP.

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The Facebook page ad hoc, the video of which included the photo manipulation of Stoltenberg and Zelenskyy, was created on September 8, 2021, and according to the indicated information, it is an online television. Ad hoc is a project linked to TV company POSTV hosts Bacho Odisharia and Guri Sultanishvili. The videos of both of them are also posted on the Facebook page.

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Videos of several programs are published on the Facebook page. The program “Takshow”, in which the Vilnius summit was discussed, was shot in the genre of political satire and is mainly dedicated to making fun of the leaders of the Georgian opposition parties.

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It should be noted that the program, in which one of the topics of discussion is the Vilnius Summit, is sponsored.

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As for Facebook user Nona Sharabidze, she regularly spreads false information and Kremlin narratives of anti-Western content. “Myth Detector” has repeatedly debunked the disinformation amplified by Sharabidze in the past.

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