Disinfo: The EU announced its submissiveness to Joe Biden’s new US government

Summary

The EU announced its submissiveness to the new US government. The European Union and NATO have already drawn the guidelines of how they want their new relationship with the US to be in face of a possible inauguration of Joe Biden as president.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the European Union as a vassal of the US. The claim that the EU announced its submission to a future Biden Administration is false. Contrary to these allegations, the European Union is a sovereign entity created by the voluntary initiative of European nations and it has its own, independent foreign policy, while the US has no say in its decisions.

You can see other examples of disinformation on this topic, such as allegations that the EU is dependent on US foreign policy and it is imposing sanctions on Russia only due to Washington’s pressure, that the US considers the EU a kind of protectorate and US troops in Europe are an occupying army which needs NATO to keep the Europeans under control, that the EU is trying to escape from US control and occupation, and that this is the reason why it needs its own army.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: US Presidential Election 2020, US presence in Europe, Joe Biden, Europe

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The Bellingcat report on Navalny’s “poisoning” was for the electoral college to vote for Biden

The timing for the media campaign promoting the narrative of the “poisoning” of Alexei Navalny is perfect as always. The Bellingcat report was published before the voting in the US electoral college, scheduled for December 14, apparently serving as a reminder for all US citizens and especially for those who handle the strings of power that they can’t let their guard down regarding Russia. It seems that those reports are designed to be integrated into the political agenda of the administration of the elected president Joe Biden, who repeatedly said during his campaign that he would adopt strong measures against Russia if he reached to the top, and specifically condemned the “Russian state” for the alleged “poisoning” of opposition blogger Navalny.

Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aiming to deflect any Russian responsibility on the incident by falsely framing it as a false flag operation with obscure motivations. The claim that the Bellingcat report on the FSB unit involved in this poisoning had anything to do with the voting in the US electoral college or Joe Biden is unsubstantiated.

There is massive evidence proving that Navalny was targeted in a poisoning operation, as established by initial clinical findings at the Charité hospital which indicated that he had been poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests established the presence of a Novichok-type chemical nerve agent in Navalny's blood.

The Bellingcat report on Navalny’s “poisoning” was aimed to destroy Nord Stream 2

The Bellingcat report on Navalny’s “poisoning” was created to destroy Russian pipeline Nord Stream 2, according to international observers that questioned the opportunity of the report and its main goal. All the anti-Russian and anti-Putin political elites in the West will probably benefit from a narrative of poisoning, and a special target is Nord Stream 2. The US, the British and the Poles are against it and they have done everything at hand to put the project to an end. The pretentious investigation of Bellingcat was aimed to try to close it, since on December 11 it was reported that Russia had resumed its work on the pipeline despite US sanctions.

Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, aiming to deflect any Russian responsibility on the incident by framing it as a false flag operation with obscure motivations: in this case, a baseless claim on a connection with the construction of Nord Stream II.

There is massive evidence proving that Navalny was targeted in a poisoning operation, as established by initial clinical findings at the Charité hospital which indicated that he had been poisoned with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. Subsequent toxicological tests established the presence of a Novichok-type chemical nerve agent in Navalny's blood.

Western governments could have produced Novichok to poison Navalny

Once again bold-faced lies about Novichok as “evidence”.

Apart from the fact that there are plenty of very reasonable, even compelling doubts about this brazen claim, there follows a clumsy lie in the very next paragraph, but one that is important for the Western narrative of the evil Russians.

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One of the Soviet co-developers of the Novichok group’s poisons has been living in the USA for years. The USA had dismantled the Soviet Novichok production site in Uzbekistan in the 1990s, with the OPCW excluded. The British secret military agent laboratory in Porton Down, a few kilometres from the site of the attack on former Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, is also capable of producing Novichok. And the Swedish military laboratory in Umeå surprised (everyone) in the Navalny case by announcing that it had reference samples of Novichok, which it did not have in the Skripal case. Anyone who can detect Novichok from alleged Russian production as reliably as Western governments can, should also be able to produce any quantity of this poison, especially since the “recipe” is known.

Disproof

This is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after the use of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group was established beyond any doubt by a specialist Bundeswehr laboratory.

In September 2017, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) confirmed the full destruction of the 39,967 tons of chemical weapons possessed by Russia, but Novichoks were never declared to the OPCW and were not included in the Chemical Weapons Convention until 2019.