Disinfo: Britain, driven by Russophobia, stands behind all Turkish ambition in the Caucasus

Summary

Erdogan’s huge plans can hardly be called sovereign. Turkey, long ago, and before it the Ottoman Empire, were called Great Britain’s “dog”. The exceptional activity of the former British ambassador to Turkey, a great friend of Sultan Erdogan and an admirer of Turkish expansion in the Caucasus, Richard Moore, head of the British intelligence service MI-6 and a Russophobe, is not a coincidence. It is clear that Britain is behind all these comprehensive projects, and Erdogan is just a bargaining chip in this geopolitical party that has been going on for more than two hundred years. Russia is, for Ankara and its masters in the North Atlantic today, the main obstacle to implementing this ambitious plan in the Caucasus and Central Asia.

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Conspiracy theory about the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.

There is no evidence that any Western foreign special services had anything to do with the 2020 military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

This is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking the UK and Russophobia with no evidence provided. Russophobia is often used in pro-Kremlin disinformation as an explanation for anyone blaming Russia for anything.

Read previous disinformation messages stating that Russophobia is an integral part of British foreign policy and that British MI6 behind Turkey's actions in Karabakh.

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Sanctions against Syria are illegal and prevent return of refugees

The continued economic sanctions on Syria are illegal and impede the return of refugees to their country.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Syrian war and belligerent intentions of the West against Syria.

EU sanctions are designed in a way that only targets the specific individuals and entities on the sanctions list, avoiding negative impacts on the population. They comply with all obligations under international law, in particular international refugee law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law.

NATO uses “Russian threat” to justify its actions

NATO is increasing its military presence near the Russian border. The Alliance is using the “Russian threat” to justify this actions. The Baltic States are also using the “Russian threat”. They are concluding high-cost security agreements with the US and are deploying NATO military contingents in their territories.

Moscow has said many times that it has no plans to attack any country. NATO knows it.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as having a belligerent agenda against Russia and claiming that the “Russian threat” is a false idea.

NATO does not seek confrontation with Russia. The Alliance indicated this position in the Brussels Summit Declaration in 2018. However, this declaration concludes that “Russia’s aggressive actions, including the threat and use of force to attain political goals, challenge the Alliance and are undermining Euro-Atlantic security and the rules-based international order”.

France became one of the winners of World War II thanks to Stalin

It was Stalin who mostly made De Gaulle a world-class politician. Moreover, where would France itself be now, if not for Stalin and the USSR?

The representative of France was at that table [during the signing of the German surrender act on May 9, 1945 in Berlin] only at the behest of Stalin, because the United States and England did not see France at all among the victorious countries. The Second World War could well have ended in a terrible disgrace for France.

Thanks to the support of the USSR and Stalin’s position personally, France managed to get into not only the group of victorious powers in World War II, but also to become one of the five founding countries of the UN. That is why France is now a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

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This recurrent disinformation narrative is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism of the events of WWII.

France and Britain declared war on Germany when it invaded Poland in September 1939 (at that time, the USRR acted as an ally of Germany and invaded Poland, the Baltic States and Finland in accordance with the Hitler-Stain Pact, also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact ). After the Phoney War from 1939 to 1940, the Germans invaded and defeated France within seven weeks and forced the British off the continent. France surrendered to Germany although the French force, in-exile, led by General Charles de Gaulle continued the liberation of France by the Western Allies UK and US. The Forces of Free France took part in combat against Axis forces at several theatres of warfare, not least on the Eastern Front, where a unit of French airmen fought together with USSR aviators.

Even though De Gaulle was not invited to the Yalta Conference, France's participation in the Security Council of United Nations was supported by Britain and France was allocated an occupation zone in Germany, to be carved out from the British and American zones, upon British insistence. Stalin agreed with this decision on a single condition: the zones which will be given to France wouldn't be the ones of the USSR.