Disinfo: American authorities intentionally terminated the INF treaty, Russia not at fault

Summary

American authorities intentionally terminated the INF treaty under the pretext that Russia violated the agreement. However, Moscow rejects all allegations. The test of the forbidden rocket proves that the Americans sought to terminate the agreement. So, Americans deliberately failed the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF treaty.

Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF Treaty, because it has produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile, which violates the agreement. In July 2014, the then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty, which prohibits the US or Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of between 500 and 5500 kilometres.

In a joint statement released after the meeting held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December 2018, NATO Foreign Ministers stated that “Allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security."

US and NATO have repeatedly engaged with Russia to preserve the INF treaty. For background on pro-Kremlin myths on the INF Treaty see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: INF Treaty
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
see more

External forces dictate to Ukraine how to solve its internal problems

Ukraine continues to be confident that the West will always unconditionally support any Russophobic regime. The country simply entrusted the definition of its foreign and security policy to the West. Moreover, Ukraine has created a situation whereby external forces dictate to it exactly how it should solve its internal problems.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative, challenging Ukrainian statehood, painting Ukraine as a geopolitical hostage and a project of the West, claiming that the United States and EU control Ukraine’s foreign and domestic policies and Ukraine is not an independent state. The concept of "Russophobia" is also present in the case.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither the US, nor NATO or the EU controls Ukraine. The United States recognised Ukraine as an independent state on December 25, 1991. Since then, Washington has been working closely with Ukraine, directing its assistance to support the development of a safe, democratic and free Ukraine, fully integrated into the Euro-Atlantic community. The European Union also supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Ukraine is a priority partner for the EU. In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed an Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and the respect for common values.

Center for the Study of Democracy is NATO branch office

Sofia-based NATO center accuses Serbian Orthodox Church of being a bastion of Russia:

The Orthodox Church is one of the important links for strengthening Russian influence in the Balkans and a spiritual mediator in the spread of Russian politics, according to an analysis by the Bulgaria-based Center for the Study of Democracy, which studies Russian influence in the Western Balkans.

“Through the Orthodox Church, Russia is launching various initiatives under a religious veil. Paradoxically, the Russian and many Orthodox churches in the region were bastions of the former secret services, and are now strengthening the Kremlin’s influence, according to a study called Russia’s Economic Impact in the Balkans.

This is just another set of studies being fabricated by NATO branch offices in the region, which undoubtedly can be said for the Sofia Center for the Study of Democracy.

Disproof

The Center for the Study of Democracy from Sofia is an independent NGO, and there is no evidence that it is a “NATO branch office”.

The claim that someone is under the control of someone else is common in pro-Kremlin media. Usually, NATO or the US is controlling European countries, but sometimes things are more concrete: Poland is governed by the US Embassy and the American troops.

WADA discriminates Russia; Norwegian athletes use drugs that are not allowed

Interestingly, WADA is trying to discriminate Russia, while on the other hand Norway, whose athletes, mainly skiers and biathletes, are severely ill on paper and use serious drugs that are not allowed to so-called healthy athletes, and they perform under their own flag. 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given, aligning with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. This message is an example of "whataboutism": attempting to discredit an opponent’s position by accusing them with no evidence. Russia has received the same treatment as any other country probed for doping violations. See here debunking by Polygraph.info.

There is no evidence given for the claim for Norwegian state organised doping of athletes.