DISINFO: Joe Biden wants to provoke a New Cold War with Russia to distract the Americans from domestic problems
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: it.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: March 18, 2021
  • Article language(s): Italian
  • Reported in: Issue 237
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, US
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New Cold War Anti-Russian Provocation Joe Biden Diplomacy with Russia

DISINFO: Joe Biden wants to provoke a New Cold War with Russia to distract the Americans from domestic problems

SUMMARY

US President Joe Biden wants a new Cold War with Russia. Biden deliberately provokes Russia and seeks to bring about a new Cold War in order to distract US public opinion from domestic problems.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US and the West allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia. The article’s message is also consistent with the pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit US President Joe Biden.

There is no evidence to support the article’s claim that the Biden administration is seeking to launch a “Cold War” with Russia. The Biden administration reacted to specific Kremlin actions that harm the US and its allies, such as ongoing aggression against Ukraine, cyber-attacks, influence operations targeting the US 2020 elections. The administration has also denounced the violation of human and civil rights in Russia, such as the poisoning of an opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

At the same time, the Biden administration has stressed the need to enhance stability and predictability with Russia and to engage with Moscow on areas of mutual interest, such as the reduction of the risk of nuclear conflict and new arms control agreements.

In January 2021, immediately after becoming US President, Joe Biden moved quickly to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty.

The new Interim National Security Strategic Guidance document stresses that one of the top priorities of the Biden administration is to engage with Russia and China to enhance strategic stability

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