Disinfo: German statement about Navalny poisoning is the Western reaction to the Putin’s position towards Belarus

Summary

It is very strange that the message about the poisoning of Navalny comes from Germany, which has exerted strong pressure on the USA in terms of Nord Stream 2. It is possible that this situation is a larger combination of the Americans, who decided to allow the Germans to complete Nord Stream 2, demanding from Germany that it hit Russia in this unexpected way. The Americans are not playing fair, so this German step is very unfortunate.

It is possible that the West wants to create an atmosphere of international distrust towards Russia – this situation is an attempt to discredit Russia. One of the reasons for this situation may be the position of Putin towards Belarus and the Russian recognition of the Belarusian elections. It is difficult to understand why Germany has behaved in this way – the words of Merkel are a very strong blow at Russia.

Disproof

This message is a conspiracy theory trying to connect the cause of the poisoning of Alexey Navalny with the situation around Nord Stream 2. Consistent with recurring pro-kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

The disinformation message was presented as an opinion article, although it originated in the interview conducted by Sputnik.

There is no ground for connecting the Navalny case with the construction of Nord Stream 2 or the Russian position towards Lukashenka. A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided  "unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group" in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny.

The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. See related disinformation cases alleging that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny as with Skripal and Litvinenko; the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russiapolitical scandal in Austria was a CIA operation to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, US, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Nord Stream 2, Alexei Navalny, Anti-Russian, Alexander Lukashenko, US presence in Europe, The West, Angela Merkel

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Disproof

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