When NATO’s large Trident Juncture 2018 exercise concluded this week, pro-Kremlin disinformation was unsurprisingly swift to react. Two weeks ago we highlighted three different ways in which pro-Kremlin disinformation seeks to undermine public trust in the EU and NATO. This week we look at how Russia’s disinformation reacted to this exercise.

Disinformation aimed to create an image of NATO and the West as an enemy – an aggressive military superpower that has for years been conspiring to dismantle Russia. We heard that the US has prepared for a war against Russia since the year 2000, and that this particular NATO exercise was a move from theory to practice – see here instead for some information on the attempts by the EU, NATO, and the West to build cooperation with Russia throughout the years after the Soviet Union collapsed.

The earlier disinformation on Western desires to invade new territories in the Arctic was developed further with claims stating that Trident Juncture’s aim is to prevent Russia from utilising the Northeast passage. Read the facts here.

Russophobia – again

Pushing contradictory messages is one of the core features of pro-Kremlin disinformation. So the picture of the West as a military aggressor also turned into an image of an out of date alliance crippled by internal divisions. Disinformation was spread about Germany being reluctant to stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of NATO, and that Norway risked losing its independence and disappearing altogether because of choosing to host this exercise.

Shaping the image of the West as an enemy culminated in open mockery. We saw – again – disinformation-oriented outlets pushing messages like “severe weather screws up Russophobic exercise”, and how “NATO soldiers again maim in an exercise against Russia”. (Last year we saw claims that “Bulks of NATO supermen get injured on the Russian border”).

As well as ridiculing, a typical disinformation pattern is to threaten. So we heard on Russian TV direct threats of how “Russia has to create funeral teams and bury all the NATO soldiers”.

How effective is challenging disinformation?

On November 3rd, the Russian UK Embassy pushed out some bogus figures to highlight alleged NATO aggression at Russian borders. The tweet scored 720 shares and comments – hardly a reason to celebrate for the Embassy’s social media team, however: Two thirds of the mentions were debunks.

Only one third consisted of uncritical retweets of disinformation. What’s more, debunk messages scored a total of 1.6 million Twitter impressions, whereas the disinformation message arrived at 630,000.

The defeat of the disinformation was largely thanks to NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu, who pushed back by serving plain facts on Twitter, but also driven by many individual users, who put the Russian Embassy on the spot.

This week, it was also time for some good old historical conspiracies. In the attempt to overshadow Russia’s responsibility in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Russian TV keeps on exploiting every opportunity to accuse the others doing the same. Frequently these disinformation efforts seem to backfire, and so did they this time as well. A commentator announced that poisonings have been a speciality of the British special services for the past several centuries. His “evidence” was that already in the 16th century, British doctors poisoned Ivan the Terrible and his son, Ivan. See the facts here.

Somehow it seems that the Russian realist artists were better informed already in the 19th century than today’s Russian TV commentators. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a look at Ilya Repin’s painting Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan to learn that no British doctors are portrayed in the picture.

EU Ambassador Ruled out Georgia’s EU Membership
Additional details: The Ambassador of EU to Georgia, Carl Hartzell has categorically ruled out Georgia’s accession to the European Union.

“You know that a new ambassador has been appointed… and he said directly that ‘we do not expect you in the European Union and you will not be accepted to the European Union’… He did not even give us any hope for the future.”
Language / Targeted audience: Georgian
Link to the disinformation: www.myvideo.ge/v/3698182
Disinforming outlet(s): Obieqtivi TV
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Ambassador Hartzell only noted in his media engagement that Georgia was not ready to join EU today; the Ambassador's statement did not state an opinion on Georgia’s membership perspectives. Further debunking by MythDetector.

 

Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement
Countries: EU, Georgia
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Ivan the Terrible and his son Ivan were poisoned by British doctors
Additional details: By the way, this [poisoning] has been the style of the British special services for the past several centuries. Already in the 16th century, British doctors poisoned Ivan the Terrible and his son, Ivan.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.1tv.ru/news/issue/2018-10-17/21:00#12
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation related to the UK secret services in order to confuse the audience about Russia being behind the Salisbury attack.

According to Britannica, Ivan the Terrible murdered his only viable heir, Ivan, in 1581.

Nothing suggests on British doctors' role in the Ivan the Terrible's death. https://www.biography.com/people/ivan-the-terrible-9350679

For further debunking see Myth Detector.

 

 

 

Keywords: Sergei Skripal
Countries: Russia
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The West has always had a plan of exterminating Russia
Additional details: The collective West, led by the United States, has a specific goal in relation to Russia: to overthrow the existing government. And they do not hide it. And the disintegration of the country: ultimately, the competitors need to be eliminated.

 

                    
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK67IfLXOYg
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher c Vladimirom Solovievym @ Rossiya 1, 1:03:40
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Western aggression toward Russia. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77319&date=

  • There was in fact a clear record of strong cooperation between the EU and Russia, dating back to 1994, when the two sides negotiated a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. Russia was identified as a strategic partner for the EU, and was the only country with which the EU held summits not once, but twice a year. A new EU-Russia agreement was being negotiated up until 2014, at which point talks were unfortunately suspended due to Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. Negotiations were also in train on visa facilitation. There was also cooperation between the EU and Russia on a number of foreign policy issues, some of which continues to this day. The EU and its Member States have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts.
  • NATO has consistently worked hard to build a cooperative relationship with Russia since the early 1990s, through the Partnership for Peace and creation of a NATO-Russia Council, and specific cooperation in the Western Balkans on and issues like counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism. In fact, as NATO points out, no other NATO partner has been offered a comparable relationship, nor a similarly comprehensive institutional framework: http://bit.ly/2e0TZnG.
  • In 1997, Russia was invited to join the G7 group of major advanced economies in the world, thus forming the G8. (At the time, Russia ranked 14th to 17th in the list of countries according to GDP: http://bit.ly/2dWb51lhttp://bit.ly/2ejhOpwhttp://bit.ly/2dqu4jQ). In 2006, President Putin hosted the G8 summit in Saint Petersburg. Russia's membership of the G8 was suspended in 2014 because of its illegal annexation of Crimea.
  • Russia joined the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, in 1996.

For more on EU-Russia relations see eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/35939/european-union-and-russian-federation_en

For more on NATO-Russia relations see www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Destabilising Russia, The West
Countries: Russia, The West
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The EU claims that it owns Black Sea
Additional details: The European Union claims that it owns Black Sea.

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini warned Russia and Ukraine against building up military power in the Black Sea region.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Lenta.ru; Tsargrad.ru, Utro.ru, Vesti.lv
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

According to the original statement, published on the EEAS website, Federica Mogherini correctly stated that the Black Sea is a European sea:

"Let me remind us all that the Black Sea is a European sea, and we do not want to witness yet another military build-up in our immediate region. We will continue to push for the respect of international law and conventions, and to support Ukraine in these challenging circumstances. I am sure that I can count on the support of this [European] Parliament in this work we are doing".

See also article on our website.

Further debunking by the Insider and StopFake.

Keywords: Black Sea, EU, Federica Mogherini
Countries: Russia, Ukraine, EU
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UK: There is no evidence of Russia's interference in democratic processes
Additional details: The UK government did not find any evidence of Russia's interference in democratic processes of the Kingdom.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about election meddling and Brexit.

In fact, the UK government stated that the disinformation campaign was just not successful:

"In November 2017, the Prime Minister accused the Russian state of ‘a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption’ which has included meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defence and the [German] Bundestag. As noted by the Committee, the Prime Minister stated that Russia is seeking to weaponise information, ‘deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions’. Following the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March this year, we judged the Russian state promulgated at least 38 false disinformation narratives around this criminal act.

We want to reiterate, however, that the Government has not seen evidence of successful use of disinformation by foreign actors, including Russia, to influence UK democratic processes. But we are not being complacent and the Government is actively engaging with partners to develop robust policies to tackle this issue".

Further debunking by The Insider.

More about the EU's position on Brexit here.

Keywords: election meddling, Brexit, Trolls, Manipulated elections/referendum, Elections
Countries: UK, Russia
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OSCE Finally Speaks Up: No Russian Military Presence in Donbas
Additional details: In a recent interview, the Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, denied the presence of Russian military in Donbas, Ukraine.

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OSCE Finally Speaks Up: No Russian Military Presence in Donbas; Kiev Lied.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): RIA Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine.

In fact, in his interview to "Foreign Policy", Mr Hug does not deny Russia's military presence in Ukraine. He actually seems to confirm it: "(...) We have seen convoys leaving and entering Ukraine on dirt roads in the middle of the night, in areas where there is no official crossing. In one border area, we’ve also made this public, including some footage we have put out. We have seen specific types of weapons that we have described in detail, including electronic warfare equipment. We have spoken to prisoners taken by the Ukrainian forces who claim to be members of the Russian armed forces fighting on rotation in Ukraine. We have seen men with the insignia of the Russian Federation, but you can buy this jacket anywhere. We have also seen the insignia of Germany, Spain, and others—but also of the Russians".

In comments that have since been amended by the Foreign Policy, Hug reportedly said that the OSCE had not seen direct evidence of Russian involvement in eastern Ukraine.

On October 27, Hug told the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in an interview that the text published by Foreign Policy of his interview “was misleading and did not reflect his opinion.”

“As you know, we do not conclude on the facts we establish and we do not provide evidence. Estimates, facts speak for themselves,” Hug said.

Further debunking by The insider and the Polygraph.

Keywords: Eastern Ukraine, Military, Ukraine, War in Ukraine, OSCE
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Ukrainian Deputy Minister Wants to Return Crimea with the Help of the Army
Additional details: Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Information Policy Emine Jepar wants to return Russian-annexed Crimea to the Ukrainian using the Ukrainian Army.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru, Times.com.ua
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about war in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Information Policy Emine Jepar did touch upon the theme of returning Ukrainian jurisdiction over Crimea, but she did not speak about using the army to accomplish that goal. She simply said that Ukraine had to be ready for every eventuality, use all means to reclaim Crimea and be prepared for whatever unpredictable steps the Russian Federation takes regarding the peninsula.

Further debunking by the StopFake.

Keywords: War preparation, War in Ukraine, Crimea
Countries: Ukraine
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Majority of Ukrainians Consider Donbas Conflict a Civil War
Additional details: The majority of Ukrainians do not believe Ukrainian authorities’ statements about Russian aggression in the east of the country and 63 percent of them consider the conflict to be a civil war.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on civil war in Ukraine.

In fact Simon Weiss, a fellow at the German think tank Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, said that most Ukrainians – 63 percent -would like to see a regional rather than an international approach to solving the conflict in Donbas. Further debunking by StopFake.

It was Russia that provoked a war in East of Ukraine, and it is not a civil war.

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf

Keywords: Civil war, War in Ukraine
Countries: Ukraine
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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Wants to Root out Russian Passport Holders
Additional details: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said “Let those who have Russian passports surrender them, otherwise we will root them out.”
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ukraina.ru
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Russian media have distorted the subject of dual citizenship many times with scare stories claiming that Russian passport holders would be singled out and punished by the authorities. Klimkin never said that Russian passport holders would be rooted out.

He said: “We cannot talk about dual citizenship with Russia at a time when we are at war with Russia. Those who have Russian citizenship, should surrender it. All others, are up for discussion. Dual citizenship can be had only under very clear conditions.”

Further debunking by StopFake.

Keywords: Pavlo Klimkin, ethnic tension, Anti-Russian
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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U.S. National Security Advisor Warns Georgia on Suspending Partnership
Additional details: During his visit to Georgia on October 25-26, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned the Government of Georgia on suspending the U.S.- Georgian partnership in connection with alleged delivery of the U.S. purchased Javelin Missiles to Russia.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): ReportBlogs.com
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

The Georgian Embassy to the United States has condemned the news as a fake. “Dissemination of disinformation from a doubtful private blog is a classic example to cast shadow over the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership, which is developing extremely positively over the past years and has reached its highest level. Ambassador Bolton’s visit to Georgia was extremely successful and in the wake of this visit our bilateral strategic partnership is acquiring new scales, including in terms of defense and security cooperation.”

The English language website, where the report was spread, was created nine days before its dissemination.

Further debunking by MythDetector.

Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, US presence in Europe
Countries: Russia, US, Georgia
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Lugar laboratory might be experimenting with drugs which can affect human beings based on their ethnicity
Additional details: Lugar laboratory might be experimenting with drugs which can affect human beings based on their ethnicity.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: ria.ru/world/20181018/1530988205.html
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria Novosti
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the US creating biological weapons in the Lugar laboratory in Georgia.

For background and earlier disinformation about "biological weapons targeting only Russians": https://euvsdisinfo.eu/report/the-west-primarily-the-united-states-is-collecting-biological-material-in-russia-to-create-a-biological-weapon-that-destroys-the-russians/

The drug in question is Sovaldi, medication against Hepatitis C. Sovaldi  has been registered in Russia by the Ministry of Health since 2016 and is going to be listed among vital medications of 2019.  The reason behind Sovaldi not being yet accessible for the population is the price of the medication. Russia has been negotiating with Gilead, the company which produces Sovaldi, for several years, to obtain a license for producing Sovaldi or Sovaldi-like medications on Russian territory with cheaper costs. Further debunking by the MythDetector.

Keywords: Lugar, Biological weapons
Countries: Georgia
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NATO forces in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland reached 11.000 in 2018
Additional details: NATO forces in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland reached 11.000 in 2018 vs 2.000 in 2015. They have all types of offensive weaponry.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Twitter account
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu corrected the distorted figures on Twitter: The NATO battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland include under 5,000 troops - defensive, rotational and transparent.

Keywords: Trident Juncture, EU/NATO enlargement, Military exercise, NATO
Countries: Latvia, Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland
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Megyn Kelly’s Show Taken Off Air Because of Russians’ Love for Her
Additional details: The program of Megyn Kelly, our favorite American TV anchor, is being taken off the air. She was fired on a completely contrived pretext -- for something she did not say about the color of Halloween masks. Something like ‘if a black person can wear a white mask, why then can’t a white person wear a black mask?’ Or, maybe the opposite. However, it doesn’t matter. I am sure that the true reason is our love for her.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Pervyi Kanal
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

NBC said the anchor would no longer host the “Megyn Kelly Today” after she made racially insensitive comments during the October 25 edition of her show.

While Kelly's remarks caused outrage, neither her critics nor NBC mentioned her stance toward Russia. Kelly has since apologized for the racially-tinged comments. Further debunking by the Polygraph.

Keywords: Anti-Russian, Freedom of speech, Russophobia
Countries: Russia, US
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White Helmets have started filming their ‘CW usage evidence", support the terrorists
Additional details: White Helmets have started filming their ‘CW usage evidence’, this time in Aleppo province. Containers with poison gas, most likely chlorine, delivered to the area by terrorist groups they support.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Twitter account
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the White Helmets to distract the audience from Syrian government's use of chemical weapons. Another round of disinformation about the White Helmets preparing a staged chemical attack in Syria started spreading on August 25 by the Russian Ministry of Defence; see latest cases on White Helmets: https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=white+helmets&disinfo_issue=&date=

The photo comes from a video of White Helmet volunteers who were participating in the “Mannequin Challenge,” a viral internet video trend from 2016, in an attempt call attention to the situation in Syria. The organization later apologized for participating in the trend.

Further debunking by Polygraph.

Earlier, pro-Kremlin disinformation has claimed that both the 2017 attack in Khan Sheikhoun and 2018 in Douma were faked. UN-OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism found Syria’s Government responsible for last year’s attack in Khan Shaykhun. On April 10 2018 Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have created a new inquiry to ascertain responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

Read more: www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2018/08/31/attaques-chimiques-en-syrie-les-intox-de-la-russie-pour-brouiller-les-pistes_5348708_4355770.html#xtor=AL-32280270

Background:

On 7 April 2018, a high number of civilians were killed in the besieged Syrian city of Douma, with evidence pointing towards another chemical attack by the regime,according to the EU.

According to the World Health Organisation, during the shelling of Douma on Saturday, an estimated 500 patients presented to health facilities exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with exposure to toxic chemicals. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2018/chemical-attacks-syria/en/

See also Bellingcat's open source survey on the suspected chemical attack: https://www.bellingcat.com/news/mena/2018/04/11/open-source-survey-alleged-chemical-attacks-douma-7th-april-2018/

In September 2017, the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic summarized 33 separate incidents where it had found use of chemical weapons. Since then there have been several additional suspected chemical attacks. Between March 2013 and March 2017, the Commission documented 25 incidents of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic, of which 20 were proven to have been perpetrated by government forces and used primarily against civilians.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/IICISyria/Pages/IndependentInternationalCommission.aspx

 

Keywords: false flag, White Helmets, Chemical weapons/attack, Syrian War
Countries: Syria
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Russia's humanitarian convoys to Donbas are inspected by customs
Additional details: Russia’s 82nd humanitarian convoy delivers 700+ tonnes of supplies to the people of Donetsk and Luhansk, including food packages for children, medical equipment and first aid kits. All cargo underwent thorough customs inspection.
Language / Targeted audience: English
Disinforming outlet(s): Twitter account
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

These convoys cross from Russian territory into Ukrainian territory controlled by Russia. They may be inspected by the Russian Customs Service or Russia-backed separatists, but they are not inspected by the Customs Service of Ukraine, the country they are actually crossing into. The convoys go to the same forces Russia is supporting militarily and logistically. Further debunking by Polygraph.

Keywords: humanitarian aid, Donetsk, War in Ukraine, Donbas
Countries: Russia, Ukraine
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Trident Juncture comparable to fascist Germany’s invasion of Norway in April 1940
Additional details: Trident Juncture comparable to fascist Germany’s invasion of Norway in April 1940. The Western allies again "protect" Norway.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): https://zvezdaweekly.ru/news/t/201810261132-Hmbt1.html
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Historical revisionism repeatedly used in pro-Kremlin disinformation.

Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. https://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018

For background on NATO-Russia relations see here.

Keywords: Trident Juncture, Military exercise, NATO, Nazi/Fascist
Countries: Norway, The West, Germany
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Trident Juncture: Norway's obedience puts an end to country's existence
Additional details: [Context: NATO military exercise Trident Juncture 2018]

Norway's obedience [to the US] puts an end to country's existence.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): News Front
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the European countries controlled by the US. Norway is an independent, sovereign country.

Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. Norway offered to host Trident Juncture 18, and NATO accepted the offer more than four years ago. https://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018

For background on NATO-Russia relations see here.

Keywords: Trident Juncture, Military exercise, US presence in Europe
Countries: Norway, US
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The US has prepared for a war against Russia since year 2000, Trident Juncture is a move from theory to practise
Additional details: The US has prepared for a war against Russia since year 2000. // NATO exercise Trident Juncture is a move from theory to practice.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): TV Zvezda
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West as an aggressor.

Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. https://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect the member states.  The Alliance poses no threat to any country and does not see an immediate military threat against any NATO ally.

For background on NATO-Russia relations see here.

NATO began reaching out, offering dialogue in place of confrontation, at the London NATO Summit of July 1990. In the following years, NATO promoted dialogue and cooperation by creating the Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), open to the whole of Europe, including Russia.

In 1997, NATO and Russia signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, creating the NATO Russia Permanent Joint Council. In 2002, this was upgraded, creating the NATO-Russia Council (NRC).

NATO worked together on issues ranging from counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism to submarine rescue and civil emergency planning.

However, in March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia. At the same time, NATO has kept channels for communication with Russia open. The NATO-Russia Council has met seven times since April 2016. The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General also engage regularly with their Russian counterparts.

 

Keywords: Trident Juncture, War preparation, Military exercise, Destabilising Russia
Countries: Russia, US
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Trident Juncture: NATO wants to prevent Russia from utilising the Northeast passage
Additional details: Trident Juncture exercise is related to NATO's and its allies ambitions to prevent Russia from utilising the Northeast passage.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Disinforming outlet(s): Ria FAN
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about NATO's Trident Juncture exercise and the Arctic.

Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. https://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect the member states.  The Alliance poses no threat to any country and does not see an immediate military threat against any NATO ally.

For background on NATO-Russia relations see here.

Keywords: Trident Juncture, Arctic
Countries: Russia
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Severe weather screws up Russophobic exercise
Additional details: Trident Juncture: Severe weather screws up Russophobic exercise.
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: rusvesna.su/news/1540682134
Disinforming outlet(s): Rusvesna
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Western Russophobia.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) experienced heavy seas during the evening of Monday, October 22, 2018.  As a result, the ship’s Landing Craft Utilities (LCU) and well deck experienced damage.

Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. https://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect the member states.  The Alliance poses no threat to any country and does not see an immediate military threat against any NATO ally.

For background on NATO-Russia relations see here.

NATO began reaching out, offering dialogue in place of confrontation, at the London NATO Summit of July 1990. In the following years, NATO promoted dialogue and cooperation by creating the Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), open to the whole of Europe, including Russia.

In 1997, NATO and Russia signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, creating the NATO Russia Permanent Joint Council. In 2002, this was upgraded, creating the NATO-Russia Council (NRC).

NATO worked together on issues ranging from counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism to submarine rescue and civil emergency planning.

However, in March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia. At the same time, NATO has kept channels for communication with Russia open. The NATO-Russia Council has met seven times since April 2016. The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General also engage regularly with their Russian counterparts.

Keywords: Trident Juncture, Military exercise, Russophobia
Countries: Russia, US
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The West has approved a new ‘Barbarossa’ plan to attack Russia, Russia needs ‘funeral teams to bury NATO soldiers’
Additional details: 1:10   [Context: NATO’s “Trident Juncture 2018” in Norway. The same commentator for all the messages below]   The war has come to our [Russia's] doors. It is on our doorstep, since, in fact, the entire NATO’s military bloc has been mobilized already. There are more and more large-scale military exercises: both ground troops and naval ones. And if the first scenario was to start it [the war] in Ukraine, where Germany intervenes, then it seemed to them not enough. Therefore, they postponed it for the year of eighteenth [2018]. The biggest aggravation will take place in summer of the nineteenth [2019]. They want [to start the war] in summer. However, Hitler has already demonstrated it: the day of June 22 has the shortest night. [22/06/1941: that day, the Nazi Germany attacked the USSR]. But the biggest danger for the world will come in the year of twenty-first [2021], when a change of technologies will be carried out. If we are late with it, their weapons will be stronger than ours. So, we must ... it could sound blasphemous but the war is more profitable for us, well, in these coming years. 

[...]

6:35   Did you forget the speech of the President of our country made a year ago? I want to remind all of you only one phrase: our economy must be ready to work in the military conditions. I translate it into Russian: there will be war tomorrow.

[...]

13:19   [ Addressing an analyst representing the US in the studio] We [Russia] will bury you. We need to create funeral teams now. As many as we can. We have to bury all the NATO’s soldiers, generals and such volunteers.

[...]

43:05     The “Barbarossa-2” plan about the attack on our country [Russia] has been approved.

[In 1940-1941, the Nazi Germany developed and then implemented The Directive No. 21 or the “Barbarossa” plan to attack the USSR]

              
Language / Targeted audience: Russian
Link to the disinformation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK67IfLXOYg
Disinforming outlet(s): Vecher c Vladimirom Solovievym @ Rossiya 1, timing 1.10; 6.35; 13.19; 43.05
Reported by: East Stratcom Network
Disproof note:

No evidence given, recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the West preparing a war against Russia.

Trident Juncture 2018 was a large NATO exercise held in Norway with around 50,000 participants from 30 NATO and partner countries. https://forsvaret.no/en/exercise-and-operations/exercises/nato-exercise-2018

For background on NATO-Russia relations:

NATO began reaching out, offering dialogue in place of confrontation, at the London NATO Summit of July 1990. In the following years, the Alliance promoted dialogue and cooperation by creating the Partnership for Peace (PfP) and the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), open to the whole of Europe, including Russia.

In 1997, NATO and Russia signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security, creating the NATO Russia Permanent Joint Council. In 2002, this was upgraded, creating the NATO-Russia Council (NRC).

NATO and Russia worked together on issues ranging from counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism to submarine rescue and civil emergency planning.

However, in March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia. At the same time, NATO has kept channels for communication with Russia open. The NATO-Russia Council has met seven times since April 2016. The Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General also engage regularly with their Russian counterparts. https://www.nato.int/cps/ra/natohq/115204.htm

 

Keywords: War preparation, Destabilising Russia, WWIII, NATO
Countries: Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Germany
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