Disinfo: Europe has always been trying to weaken Russia

Summary

All of Europe is now trying to weaken Russia. The existence of Russia today embarrasses Europe, just as it was in the 19th and 18th centuries. Russia has always been uncomfortable for Europe. The larger Russia was, the greater the anti-Russian and Russophobic sentiments were.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia and Western belligerence towards Russia.

Europe does not want to deliberately weaken or destroy Russia as claimed by some Russian propagandists. European foreign policy is built on the principles of international law. Russia was one of the "key partners" of the EU until March 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. This, together with the Russia-backed war in the Eastern Ukraine, has severely affected bilateral relations. As a result, some of the policy dialogues and mechanisms of cooperation are frozen. Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia, in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

Russia remains a member of the Council of Europe and OSCE and can therefore influence the overall European political agenda.

Read similar disinformation narratives alleging that Europe and the US are trying to destabilise Russia such as The European Parliament resolution on the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is aimed at the demonisation of Russia, Ukraine and Georgia are Western tools against Russia, "Russian threat" is only a pretext to station NATO military contingents near Russian borders.

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  • Reported in: Issue 183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Europe
  • Outlet: Pravo Znat' @ TVC time 42:18-42:55, RIA FAN, Politnavigator
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The US is testing biological weapons in China

Coronavirus is a Western, particularly American project (of the CIA, Pentagon, or NATO), on the development of biochemical weapons to kill people with the help of diseases, not by bullets and bombs. It is much cheaper!

There are over 100 CIA / Pentagon-sponsored secret and semi-known laboratories worldwide. These laboratories develop and test weapons of biological warfare.

Disproof

No evidence given. 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. On the basis of the full genome of the virus, it was concluded that 2019-nCoV is a beta-coronavirus that comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and other viruses such as SARS and MERS. These kind of viruses are common in different species of animals and sometimes can affect people. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

Russian-language media are an example of objective reporting on WWII events

Russian language media are an example of precise and objective reporting on WWII events, compared to media in the Baltic States, Poland and some other Eastern European countries who openly distort the truth about the war.

Disproof

This case is part of the ongoing Russian disinformation campaign to present the Kremlin’s version of World War II which portrays the Red Army as liberators from the Nazis while ignoring the impact of the Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, denouncing references to it as ‘revisionism’. Russian media have been playing a part of this scheme of disinformation on WWII for a long time now.

You can see other examples of this disinformation narratives in our dabatase, such as denounciations of the European Parliament for its alleged attempts to demonise Russia, or accusations of revisionism against Poland and the Baltics which aim to hide their own cooperation with Nazi Germany and the Polish responsibility for the outbreak of WWII with the objective of obtaining economic benefits, or that it does not wish to condemn anti-Semitism, to weaken Russia’s stance on the international stage and ultimately, to destroy Russia.

Coronavirus: A North American epidemic

There are strange “separate” incidents that targeted China from North America; the most prominent was the arrival of a shipment issued by Canadian biological laboratories in March 2019, which includes “malicious viruses.” It is noteworthy that this shipment was carried out under a veil of secrecy other than the usual procedures, which prompted the Chinese side to file a formal complaint.

A large US military delegation, consisting of 300 people, arrived in Wuhan, in Hubei Province, China on October 19, 2019, to participate in a military games festival hosted by China and held there. On November 2, 2019, the first infection with the coronavirus was recorded in that province, and it spread rapidly throughout December. Scientifically, the incubation period for corona infection is 14 days.

Disproof

A number of conspiracy theories that are only linked by the fact that they are "separate" incidents, and echos some recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation especially about China coronavirus. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The claims about Canadian involvement in the coronavirus spread appear to be based on a mischaracterization of August 2019 reports about a transfer of Ebola and Nipah viruses from a Canadian lab to Beijing, and an apparently separate issue involving two Chinese researchers at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) in Winnipeg, in the central province of Manitoba. Read further debunking by the AFP Fact Check.