Disinfo: Coronavirus is a US provocation against China

Summary

All this is against the Chinese. The American newspaper The New York Times was the first to report about the virus. How did they find it? The American Consulate General was evacuated immediately. What was the reason for such a rush? Usually, diplomats leave last. They stay in a time of war, but this time they left. The current situation is helping Trump to get the right trade agreement with China.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus.

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

See previous claims alleging that Coronavirus might be US bacteriological weapon against China, The coronavirus is a biological weapon created by the UK, and A new Chinese coronavirus was likely elaborated in NATO Biolabs.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Biological weapons
  • Outlet: Komsomolskaya pravda
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It is about time Kyiv abandoned its claims to the [Crimean] peninsula, which has never belonged to [Ukraine] either by law or spirit, and was always a foreign territory.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution condemning Russia's occupation of Crimea and stating that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. By signing the 1997 Friendship Treaty, Russia also recognised that Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014.

UK and US only saw Hitler as the enemy of the USSR

England, the United States of America, and other imperial powers saw Hitler as the main adversary against the Soviet Union.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative distorting the events of the Second World War.

The UK and the United States were also against Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and chose to retaliate against the Third Reich. The UK declared war on the Nazi regime as a result of German refusal to remove troops from neutral Belgium. Prior to the German invasion, the United Kingdom had signed the Treaty of London (1839) which guaranteed British and French defence of Belgium sovereignty.

Monuments to Soviet soldiers are massively demolished and damaged in Ukraine, Poland and Baltic countries

Neo-Nazism is becoming more popular in Ukraine, Poland, the Baltic countries. As a consequence, monuments of the Red Army soldiers, who once defeated fascism, are being massively demolished there.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic States as Nazi countries paying no respect to the history of WWII and its heroes.

It's true that more than 2,500 monuments to the leaders of the communist totalitarian regime were dismantled in Ukraine alone during the decommunisation process. However, the vast majority of these were monuments to Lenin. Ukrainian laws that control the decommunisation process, actually provide for the protection and preservation of monuments and commemorative signs which are dedicated to the participants and victims of World War II 1939-1945.