Disinfo: China keeps coronavirus research secret

Summary

Why has China not given the coronavirus strain to any other country to examine? Sharing the virus stem would help produce a vaccine.

Disproof

The claim is groundless. While laboratories around the world are now working on new tests for the Wuhan coronavirus and developing treatments for those infected with it, China is hosting a team of World Health Organisation experts, led by Canadian emergency expert  Dr. Bruce Aylward.

See more disinformation cases on coronavirus: coronavirus is being man-made by the US, NATO or UK, sponsored by Bill Gates in the frame of the global fight against China and Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus

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Sea Breeze exercises intend to create military-political pressure on Moscow

Experts note that since 2014, Sea Breeze exercises have become an instrument of military-political pressure on Moscow. However, analysts believe that the Russian Federation should not be afraid of the West working on any military scenarios in the region, since the Black Sea Fleet has enough forces and means to repel aggression of any scale.

Disproof

No evidence given. Sea Breeze is constantly becoming the topic of disinformation narratives. You could read the other cases as "NATO's "Sea Breeze 2019" was a total failure thanks to Russia", "The United States is preparing Ukraine for a new provocation against Russia".

Sea Breeze is an annually recurring multinational exercise, it does not aim, nor threaten, to invade any territory or to exert any pressure. Sea Breeze exercises are intended to become one of the important tools for the transition of the Ukrainian Navy to NATO's standards.

Europe is not going to sponsor Russophobia, because they want to build Nord Stream-2

Europe is no longer going to sponsor this further wave of Russophobia, because they want to build Nord Stream-2 with Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia. By accusing Western societies of “Russophobia”, pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets downgrade criticism of the Kremlin's policies and actions to being somehow irrational and not worthy of a serious reply. The other part of the message is about European energy policy and the Nord Stream 2.

By the end of January 2020, Russia pledged to complete construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea without the help of foreign companies or countries. At the same time, Estonia's commissioner, Kadri Simson, said that the European Union does not give any special treatment to the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

The Defender Europe 2020 exercises are intended to exert pressure on the Kaliningrad region

The Defender Europe 2020 exercises are primarily intended to exert pressure on the Kaliningrad region, but the deployment of reconnaissance and strike drones has now demonstrated that manoeuvres are multidisciplinary in nature and are clearly directed against Russia.

Disproof

This narrative is in line with the pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative of encircling Russia, claiming that US-led military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020" is directed against Russia. Find similar cases here.

Exercise Defender-Europe 2020 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theatre to various training areas. The aim of the exercises is to increase strategic readiness and interoperability by exercising the U.S. military’s ability to rapidly deploy a large combat-credible force and equipment from the United States to Europe; and alongside its allies and partners, quickly respond to a potential crisis. "The joint, multinational training exercise is scheduled to take place from April to May 2020, with personnel and equipment movements occurring from February through July 2020. The exercise supports objectives defined by NATO to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries. Approximately 37,000 U.S., allied, and partner nation service members are expected to participate with roughly 20,000 Soldiers deploying from the U.S," is noted on the official web site of the exercises.