Disinfo: Maia Sandu’s mission is to help Biden create a sanitaire cordon around Russia


Maia Sandu, with Filat behind her, will help Biden create a cordon sanitaire around Russia.


This message is in line with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative, which presents the good relations of NATO or United States with Eastern European countries as actions aimed to encircle Russia.

No evidence given. The claim appears a reaction to a Facebook post by the former prime minister of Moldova, Vlad Filat, in which he congratulated Joe Biden with his victory in the US elections. This post is presented as a proof that the candidate in the Moldovan presidential election, Maia Sandu, who used to be part of the same party as Vlad Filat, is committed to "ally" with the USA to the detriment of Russia. Maia Sandu did not comment in any way on the results of the US presidential election.

See here a similar case claiming that NATO Secretary-General encourages Joe Biden to clash with Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Maia Sandu, Encircling Russia, Joe Biden
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Disinfo: EU supports terrorists and not the sovereignty of Syria 

The European Union supports terrorist groups… this is contrary to all the protocols signed between countries and the United Nations Charter.

Europe has not taken any steps towards preserving the unity and sovereignty of Syria.


No evidence is given to support this unfounded theory, which can also be considered as a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Syria and the nature of EU sanctions implemented on this country.

On 27 May 2013, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions in which it condemned the violence and the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights in Syria, which resulted into more restrictive measures against Syria on 31 May 2013, while the sanctions that were imposed on 9 May 2011 were extended in May 2020.

Disinfo: CNN and Fox news are pro-Biden and lie all the time, their watchers cannot vote knowingly

Fox News is very, very criticised by a lot of people here (US) precisely because on election night it attributed Arizona to Joe Biden when only 70% of the ballots had been counted in Arizona. There are demonstrations against Fox News denouncing them as well as CNN. CNN is no longer a news channel worthy of the name. There are lies all the time, it’s a big deal. For democracy to work, people must be able to vote knowingly. There are news channels that no longer practice information. There is no longer any possibility for those who watch these channels to vote knowingly.


Message aims at undermining the confidence in US news channels and CNN in particular during the US 2020 Presidential elections.

News Guard rates Fox News as 69.5/100 (This website generally maintains basic standards of credibility and transparency -with significant exceptions) and CNN 87.5/100 (This website mostly adheres to basic standards of credibility and transparency).