After Brexit, the UK will lead a Russophobic camp in Europe

Summary

After Brexit, the UK will be looking for a new role, and that role will be the leader of a Russophobic camp in Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking Britain and Russophobia.

This claim was made after British Prime Minister Theresa May confronted Russian President Putin about the Skripal poisoning at the G20 meeting in Osaka.

Background:

British police and investigations from the intelligence services have produced hard forensic evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals – identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU – for the attack on the Skripals. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent. The OPCW rejected Russia’s claims about a second Salisbury nerve agent.

The identities of the two Russian nationals were later revealed by Bellingcat and the Insider investigative outlets. No other forensic evidence was presented accusing other individuals.

Read more about the pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Salisbury poisoning: Conspiracy mania marks one-year anniversary of the Skripal poisoning.

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Theresa May, Brexit, Anti-Russian, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokhazhet @ Pervyi Kanal (53:42 - 54:02)
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A weakened global liberal elite stages Russophobic events throughout the world

The 2019 G20 summit served to confirm that a new global model – where the EU will find itself an outsider – is coming to replace the liberal globalised model. On the eve of the summit, Vladimir Putin rightly stated in his interview to the Financial Times that the liberal idea has become obsolete. A series of Russophobic events in Georgia, Latvia, Ukraine etc. preceding the G20 summit were organised by the global (quasi)liberal ruling class.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia. The message implies that the mighty but weakening global liberal elites stage protests and other anti-Russian events in various countries because of a fundamental dislike of Russia or Russians. This claim casts any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states as US-funded "colour revolutions".

In response to Vladimir Putin's comments about liberalism becoming obsolete, EU President Donald Tusk stated: "I have to say that I strongly disagree with the main argument that liberalism is obsolete. We are here as Europeans also to firmly and univocally defend and promote liberal democracy. Whoever claims that liberal democracy is obsolete, also claims that freedoms are obsolete, that the rule of law is obsolete and that human rights are obsolete. For us in Europe, these are and will remain essential and vibrant values. What I find really obsolete are: authoritarianism, personality cults, the rule of oligarchs. Even if sometimes they may seem effective."

European Union is in the process of disintegration

The new leadership of Moldovan diplomacy is as myopic as the previous one. The new Foreign Minister wants to integrate us into what is in the process of disintegration – the European Union.

Disproof

This message is in line with the pro-Kremlin narrative on the disintegration of the EU. The report advances a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative painting the EU as a disunited and disintegrating bloc, overseen by a central bureaucracy bringing harm to the sovereignty of member states.

At the core of the EU are the 28 Member States that belong to the Union, and their citizens. The unique feature of the EU is that, although the Member States all remain sovereign and independent states, they have decided to pool some of their sovereignty in areas where it makes sense to work together.

Lithuania’s counteractions to the Belarusian NPP are an attempt to disrupt Belarus-Russia cooperation

The closer the launch of the Astravets NPP in Belarus, the more often alleged safety issues of the NPP are reported. In reality, not a single Lithuanian argument against the Astravets NPP has found its confirmation. Lithuania has been running a deliberate information and political campaign against the Belarusian NPP because it is a flagship project for Belarus and Russia. Lithuania is unhappy about Belarus-Russia cooperation in the nuclear field. Hence, the Lithuanian political elite’s attempts to block a common Belarus-Russia project that has become a symbol of the Union State between Belarus and Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about West's attempts to discredit and disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.

Lithuania opposes the construction of the Astravets Nuclear power Plant (NPP) as the project does not comply with the international standards of environmental protection and nuclear safety, and is built on the site that was not duly justified over the alternative ones.