Disinfo: John Bolton: US did not introduce sanctions against Russia because of Georgia

Summary

Trump’s adviser John Bolton said openly that sanctions introduced against Russia because of Ukraine did not concern Georgia. He actually said ”because of your problems we will not announce sanctions against Russia”. For America Russia is much more important than Georgia.

Disproof

In fact, U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton said that Washington had taken "all necessary sanctions" against Russia related to the war it fought against Georgia in 2008. He emphasized that the United States supports Georgia's territorial integrity and independence.

In August 2017, the US adopted the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which refers also to the situation in Georgia and Russia's actions.

More disinformation cases about Russo-Georgian War can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Russia, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Russo-Georgian War, Russian expansionism, Sanctions
  • Outlet: Asaval – Dasavali
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The US organized Brexit

The EU is a “scapegoat” of the US. Washington doesn’t want a strong European Union, so it tried to weaken it.

One of the most visible and effective measure of the US in order to destroy the EU was Brexit.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Brexit and EU-US relations.

In fact, studies show that Russia itself had an interest in influencing the discussion on Brexit: over 156,000 Russian-based Twitter accounts had massively tweeted about Brexit in the days leading up the June 2016 referendum. According to the study by data scientists at Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley, the accounts posted more than 45,000 tweets about Brexit in the 48 hours before the vote. The majority of the posts encouraged Britons to vote for Brexit. The authors believe the posts were seen hundreds of millions of times.

The US intelligence service said that there were no signs of foreign interference in the mid-term elections

The US intelligence service said that there were no signs of foreign interference in the mid-term elections.

Disproof

On November 5, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that "at this time we have no indication of compromise of our nation’s election infrastructure that would prevent voting, change vote counts, or disrupt the ability to tally votes.”

“But Americans should be aware that foreign actors – and Russia in particular – continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions intended to sow discord. They can do this by spreading false information about political processes and candidates, lying about their own interference activities, disseminating propaganda on social media, and through other tactics.