Disinfo: The COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates that NATO, EU should be consigned to the dustbin of history

Summary

The EU countries and NATO turned a deaf ear to Italian drama and acted poorly during the coronavirus outbreak. Poland closed its air space for Russian air planes with humanitarian aid to Italy. Similarly, Czech Republic appropriated Chinese humanitarian aid which was directed to Italy. The US demonstrated that they are not ready to risk the lives and health of their soldiers for Trans-Atlantic solidarity. Americans behaved as looters, they intercepted Chinese medical equipment which was orders by Germany and France. Russian humanitarian aid to Italy demonstrated that the NATO should be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Washington needed NATO to impose its domination on Europe. Eastern European countries which joined the NATO became US’s satellites. The European countries which disliked coming under West’s subordination were destroyed by NATO, Yugoslavia’s case is telling in this respect. If Russia did not have nuclear capabilities and Belarus was not part of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, they would face the same fate.

In the past years the countries of collective West repeatedly introduced anti-Russian sanctions based on far-fetched situation in the south-eastern Ukraine, no progress with the Minsk agreements, and Crimea return to Russia. Furthermore, the US authorities accused Russia of election meddling through cyber attacks on the US Democratic Party servers. No proofs of Russian involvement were presented.

Disproof

This publication promotes a number of fake news and conspiracies which are consistent with pro-Kremlin recurring narratives about West's aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia, EU's countries as NATO satellites / puppets, and the absence of EU and NATO response amid the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, as well as to help Italy provide the necessary medical treatment to those infected. On March 18, the European Union also received a Chinese aid package, including masks and 50,000 testing kits that were fully allocated to Italy, as Rome faces the most urgent needs among member states in the coronavirus crisis. On March 13, the European Union proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging EUR 835 million for Italy. On March 26, the European Parliament unanimously approved the initiative. The President of the European Commission has apologised for the slow response on behalf of the Union. Read more about the EU's response.

NATO has also been doing a lot to assist all its member states in the fight against COVID-19. This includes facilitating the airlift of crucial medical supplies and equipment, matching requests for support  with offers from allies and partners,  setting up field hospitals.  Many Allies, including the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain have benefited from this support. The coordination and delivery of urgently needed medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment, respirators and test kits, is organised by NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) following requests by Allies and partner countries.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a statement regarding the alleged refusal of Poland to allow Russian transport planes delivering aid to Italy to cross its airspace. Poland called these accusations absurd and fake – the Russian Ambassador to Warsaw, Sergey Andreyev, received an official protest of Poland about the spread of this fake news by a Russian Senator. Read other examples of narratives, later identified as of Russian or of Chinese origin, that preyed on the initial confusion amid the coronavirus outbreak.

According to international law, Crimea is a part of Ukraine. Russia violated international law as well as key principles of the European security framework by illegally annexing the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol in 2014. The American economic sanctions imposed on Russia also were a reaction to Russia's illegal annexation. The EU's policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol includes a set of restrictive measures against entities and individuals responsible for actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity. As for alleged arbitrariness of US sanctions against Russia for election meddling, read the debunk here.

The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was not a retaliation for Yugoslavia's refusal to come under West's subordination but a response to mass ethnic cleansing of Albanians by the Yugoslavian authorities. Neither does NATO have aggressive plans in relation to Belarus or Russia as alleged. The allegation about NATO's plans to wage a war against Russia was addressed on NATO's official website: "Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd."

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Italy, Yugoslavia, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, election meddling, Nuclear issues, Puppets, Donbas, NATO, Minsk agreements, Sanctions, Crimea
  • Outlet: Vmeste s Rossiyey
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Belarus found itself between the West’s biological weapon and Ukraine’s chemical attack

Ukrainian fire fighters cannot manage the wildfire in the exclusion zone. Due to the incompetence of the Ukrainian authorities, the wildfire approached the place of radioactive waste disposal and Chernobyl NPP, which made the situation critical. It might be that the authorities of Ukraine intentionally allowed the wildfire to reach the borders of Belarus and Russia. It could be a plain-clothed SBU officer who started the fire.

While the world is fighting the man-made biological weapon of coronavirus, Kyiv is therefore testing its chemical weapons. Thus a biological weapon is coming from the West while chemical weapons are arriving from the south. In alliance with ‘banderivtsi’ (fascists) amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Ukrainian authorities could prepare the scenario of repeated nuclear contamination of Belarus and Russia. It is telling that Western politicians and the Belarusian opposition keep silence about this emergency situation.

Disproof

This article transmits conspiracy theories concerning the coronavirus and 2020 Chernobyl Exclusion Zone wildfires to discredit the West, the Ukrainian authorities and the Belarusian opposition.

The speculation about the Security Service of Ukraine being behind the arson is unfounded. It was reported that a 27-year-old local resident was accused of deliberately starting the blaze. It is also a completely unfounded claim that the authorities of Ukraine could be planning the radioactive contamination of Belarus and Russia, at least because the wind direction cannot be controlled.

Poland is not a sovereign state

The Third Polish Republic is not a sovereign state – internationally, it depends on foreign countries; domestically, it is being robbed by parties, mafias and clans.
For a long time, the Constitution has not been the “supreme law of the Polish Republic” – this situation is a result of actions of Lech Kaczyński, who signed the Treaty of Lisbon.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, EU or Germany.

The statement that Poland is not a sovereign state is a conspiracy theory. Poland is an independent state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies.

“Fake history” became a norm in the Western world

“Fake news” and “fake history” is a norm in the Western world, where the OSCE and the EU Parliament accused the USSR (meaning Russia) in WWII outbreak. In this situation, Hitler becomes almost forgotten. This false historical narrative comes from the Baltic states, Poland and Ukraine, which manifest their hatred towards Russia. The Baltic states and Ukraine honour the Nazi collaborators as their national heroes, celebrating their shameful actions.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of their history. The Baltic states and Ukraine are continuously accused of their support for the Nazi or Fascist ideology. Any disagreement with the official Kremlin’s view on the history of WWII is automatically labelled by Russia as support for “Nazism”.

The official position of Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states regarding WWII is based on facts, shared by the predominant majority of historians. Both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were harsh totalitarian regimes, which directly caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. Secondly, these two regimes are mutually responsible for the outbreak of WWII.