Disinfo: Coronavirus is used against Russia and China

Summary

Everything that happens with the coronavirus is used for competitive purposes against both Russia and, in the first place, against the Chinese.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the new coronavirus is a tool of warfare against China and Russia.

There is no evidence to suggest that the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV is used as a weapon against other states. Many countries have so far been affected by the new virus. As of February 7, there were 28 countries affected by the new disease with almost 40,000 cases confirmed. The biggest number of infected people were detected in China, Japan and Singapore.

The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus comes from the same family that includes the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS.

Read previous disinformation narratives alleging that Emergence of coronavirus is not accidental and has economic goals, Coronavirus is a US provocation against China, The coronavirus is a biological weapon created by the UK, and A new Chinese coronavirus was likely elaborated in NATO biolabs.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
  • Outlet: Vremya Pokazhet @Pervyi Kanal (36:40-36:50)
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is an anti-Russian, Russophobic state.

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Western Balkans countries have a deficit of euroenthusiasm

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about the end of the EU integrations.

According to the Eurobarometer Survey, published in 2019, Serbia is the only Western Balkan country whose citizens have more trust in the national government (41%) than in the European Union (33%). In North Macedonia, these figures are 57% for EU and 33% for the national government, in Albania 69% to 40% and the result in Montenegro is 47% to 43%.

The US and their NATO lieutenant nations prepare an attack on Russia comparable to the Nazi invasion

The last week in January the Americans and their gang of lieutenant nations in NATO have commenced the biggest military exercises in 25 years to take place in Europe. The code name for this operation is Defender-Europe 20 but we can interpret that as Attack-Russia 20; in effect a preparation for an attack on Russia comparable to the Nazi invasion in 1941 that killed 27 million Soviet citizens, wounded countless more and destroyed everything west of the Urals.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West/ NATO threatening or encircling Russia and the US-led military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020", which is not aimed or targeted at Russia. US Major General Andrew Rohling Deputy Commanding General for the US Army in Europe, informs that the US-led exercise "Defender 2020" is an American exercise with 18 NATO partner countries. Rohling emphasises that the aim of the exercise is not to target any country, but rather to test strategic readiness and how to react to a crisis.

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 Atlantic to various training areas in Europe, like Germany and Poland. With US Defender Europe 2020, the 18 participating NATO-countries are therefore practising procedures to ensure and demonstrate the ability to relocate and also to confirm the alliance's commitment to supporting and, in particular, to show the United States' commitment to Europe's security.