Fact Check: Did Russian President Putin Say Gilgit-Baltistan Should Be Part Of India? Here’s The Truth

A video is being shared on social media with the claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Gilgit-Baltistan should be a part of India and not Pakistan. In the video, Putin can be heard making a statement in Russian. The viral claim has been made through English subtitles on the video.

Facebook users shared the video with the caption, “BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!
President Putin announced to veto the issue of Gilgit provisional province in the Security Council His cabinet condemned BAP for senate resolution on Gilgit province Asked Pakistan to withdraw and hand Gilgit to India #OMG#Putin #Russia #Pakistan #GilgitBaltistan #India”

Here’s the link to the above post.

In the video, the subtitle read, “I clarified during my speech at UNSC that Gilgit Baltistan should be part of India, Russia does not support Pakistani initiative to create Gilgit as a provisional province.”


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

Since the video had the logo of ‘Россия 24’ (Russia 24 live TV), we ran a search and found the original video on their YouTube channel on February 28, 2022. “Putin called a meeting on economic issues – Russia 24,” Google translation of the title read.

However, the original video had no English subtitles.

We then ran a keyword search and found that the same video was also shared by Guardian News with English subtitles. “The Russian President has ordered his military to put the country’s nuclear deterrence forces on high alert in response to ‘aggressive statements’ by NATO countries,” the video description read.

We watched the video carefully and found that Putin talked about putting nuclear “deterrence forces” on high alert and also talked about the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia. However, we did not find any mention of Pakistan in the video.

Hence, from the above fact check, it is clear that the video is being shared with incorrect subtitles to mislead people.

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