Germany actively meddles in Austria’s domestic affairs

Summary

Germany actively meddles in Austria’s domestic affairs. If Heinz-Christian Strache had met with a citizen of Germany or the US, the reaction of the Austrian public and media would probably be different.

Disproof

An ungrounded conspiracy about the Strache-Affair as German meddling in Austria's domestic affairs.

Although the so-called Ibiza scandal began after a joint report by the German news magazine Der Spiegel and the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Austrian authorities have not claimed German interference in the country's domestic affairs.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 151
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Austria, Germany
  • Keywords: Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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The Ukrainian Navy deliberately violated Russian territorial waters during the Kerch strait incident

On 25 November 2018, three ships of the Ukrainian Navy deliberately violated Russian territorial waters during their passage from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov.

When the three warships reached Russian territorial waters, they received a warning from the security forces of the Russian Navy and were asked to change course. However, they ignored the calls, triggering a chase in the Kerch Strait, in which shots were fired and three Ukrainian marines were lightly wounded.  As a result, the Ukrainian warships were detained and brought to Kerch.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine and the Azov Sea.

In this incident, Russia deliberately blocked the Kerch Strait in order to prevent the passage of a naval group of the Ukrainian Navy.

US AEGIS system in Romania ready to attack Russia with cruise missiles

The US AEGIS system in Romania is ready to attack Russia with cruise missiles.

According to information from military analysts, the USA is continuing to expand its missile base in Romania. The Mk 41 vertical launch facility there is designed to attack land targets with Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Modernising the Deveselu site poses a real threat to Russia that should not go unanswered, and Moscow has a wide range of possible countermeasures at its disposal.

The USA is probably planning to station the BGM-109 Tomahawk land-based US cruise missiles there, which had previously been banned by the INF Treaty.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about missile defence systems.

The Aegis missile defence system (Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence System) is not in violation of the INF Treaty. The US State Department issued a detailed rebuttal of Russian allegations of US noncompliance with the INF Treaty in 2018.

New OPCW-report questions official findings about chemical attack in syrian Douma

A new report written by an engineer from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) emerged. The report challenges the official OPCW report from March, which accused Damascus of being behind the Douma incident from last April.

However, the new report now suggests that the gas canisters were placed by hand at the site of the attack, possibly by rebels active in the area. In the West, these revelations were virtually ignored. Several prominent activists criticised the mainstream media for their lack of coverage.

In addition, the White Helmets operate exclusively in areas controlled by militants and are accused of cooperating with extremists and staging chemical attacks.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narratives deflecting blame for chemical attacks from the Assad regime; painting the White Helmets as cooperating with extremists; and aiming to discredit the OPCW.

The "never-before-seen-report" appears to be an engineering assessment carried out by one individual who, contrary to RT Deutsch's false claim, was never a member of the Fact-Finding Mission and is not currently employed by the organisation.