Disinfo: London and its allies want to preserve the chemical laboratories, in particular that of Porton Down, for new provocations and experiments

Summary

London and its allies want to preserve the chemical laboratories, in particular that of Porton Down, for new provocations and experiments.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Porton Down, Britain’s military research base, linked to the Skripal case. As clearly proved the Salisbury incident, where the Skripals were poisoned, was NOT a provocation by Porton Down. On the contrary the UK government has provided hard evidence for Russia’s involvement in the poisoning. British police and intelligence investigations have produced hard evidence which was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals – identified as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU – for the attack on the Skripals.

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  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/04/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Provocation, Chemical weapons/attack
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukrainian citizens in Poland, whose aim is to exaggerate Polish-Ukrainian tensions and portray Ukraine as a country without any perspectives, forcing people to work in conditions similar to slavery in other countries. The original story is taken from the Polish radio website. Its heading says: 'The Polish border service controls the legality of the employment of foreigners'. There is no evidence about 'big cleansing' or 'massive inspections' among the Ukrainian workers, or problems for Ukrainians to get their salaries. According to the National Bank of Poland, in 2017, there were about 900.000 citizens of Ukraine living and working in Poland, who transferred approximately 8,6 billion PLN (2 billion EUR) to Ukraine.

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Disproof

No evidence provided. This disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the belligerent West attempting to encircle and weaken Russia. The article contains disinformation about Western belligerence towards Russia or Russian Infrastructure, like disinformation about Nord Stream 2. Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline-project in which companies from NATO member states participate. There are no reasons for NATO member states to attack the gas pipeline-project with NATO bombers. According to NATO-Fact-Sheet: "NATO Air Policing" is a peacetime collective defence mission, safeguarding the integrity of the NATO Alliance Member’s Airspace. Additionally: "NATO Air Policing is a collective task and a purely defensive mission, which involves the 24/7 presence of fighter aircraft, which are ready to react quickly to airspace violations. This enables the Alliance to detect, track and identify to the greatest extent possible all aerial objects approaching or operating within NATO airspace so that violations can be recognised, and appropriate action taken."