Disinfo: NATO spreads the coronavirus in the EU

Summary

The coronavirus represents a deliberately planned and targeted attack in the form of bio terrorism, whereby NATO aims to spread the pandemic throughout the EU in order to fend off Russia. Europe finds itself at the receiving end of the US’s utilisation of NATO for defeating Moscow as its arch enemy.

Disproof

Recurring narrative of a Western-led plot to spread the Coronavirus. The article quotes a little known expert from Russia’s Baltic fleet with the aim of fueling a conspiracy by drawing an unfounded link between the conduct of NATO’s DEFENDER Europe-20 military exercise with an ulterior motive to spread a Coronavirus pandemic in Europe as the fastest way of being able to neutralise Russian forces. There is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states. It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing more than 3584 deaths by 08 March 2020. As of 8th March 2020, coronavirus was confirmed in over 100 countries in all continents (except Antarctica). The identity of the animal source of the coronavirus, named nCoV-2019, has been one of the key questions for the researchers. Coronaviruses are known to circulate in mammals and birds, and scientists have already suggested that nCoV-2019 originally came from bats. One of the previous coronaviruses that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, spread from bats to civet cats to humans. The South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou says that two of its researchers have identified the pangolin as the potential source of nCoV-2019. This was announced to reporters at a press conference on 7 February 2020.

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  • Reported in: Issue 187
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Anti-Russian, European Union, NATO
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Crimea always has been Russian

The Russian Special Forces imposed control of government institutions in Crimea on 27 February 2014, and Crimea returned to the motherland Russia, according to a referendum held on March 16, 2014.

Crimea has been administratively attached to the Soviet Republic of Ukraine since the early 1950s. In March 2014, Crimea regained its historical Russian identity at the will of its inhabitants.

Disproof

While it is true that Russian Forces imposed their control on government institutions in Crimea by force, the latter narrative is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum and that Crimea has never belonged to Ukraine.

The transfer of Crimea and Sevastopol to Ukraine was first officially agreed on 25 January 1954 at a meeting of the Presidium of the CPSU Central Committee. The members of the Presidium, voting for the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine, took into account objective reasons: “the commonality of the economy, territorial proximity and close economic and cultural ties between the Crimean region and the Ukrainian SSR.”

The granting of autocephaly to Ukraine was an unlawful 'démarche' by Patriarch Bartholomew

The hierarchs (at a meeting in Amman) responded to the démarche of Patriarch Bartholomew, his granting of autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. This flagrant violation of canons and church law laid the foundation for a conflict dangerous for the Orthodox world.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about autocephaly and the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church.

Autocephaly was granted to the Ukrainian church by the Constantinople patriarchy. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparations and considerations by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod. In October 2018, the Holy Synod decided to revoke the letter of 1686 by which it gave the right to the Moscow patriarchy "to consecrate the ecclesiastical subordinates of Constantinople in Kyiv Metropolitanate, interpreted by the Russian Church as its transfer to Moscow."

Coronavirus an Anglo-Saxon biological warning: originates in US labs; targets opponents of the US

The Coronavirus must have originated from American peripheral laboratories from within China or from surrounding countries.

The virus is carefully chosen, reaching countries that are the opponents of the United States of America, such as China and Iran, and some countries of the European Union such as Italy, which has tendencies towards Russia.

Suspiciously, just 3 months after the virus was discovered in December, the United States announced reaching a vaccine for the Coronavirus. This period is unreasonable, so it can be said that they most likely had a vaccine prior to the outbreak.

Stock markets around the world were all affected, except American markets.

There is information that the Israeli authorities have built a biological weapon that targets only the Palestinians.

In Madagascar, there was a pneumonic plague spread, which killed only locals but didn’t affect European tourists nor the yellow race.

The Anglo-Saxon countries provided a biological warning to all non-English speaking countries: “Either you live according to our laws , or you will not live on this planet. Either we kill you quickly or we kill you slowly.”

Disproof

Conspiracy theories about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

There is no evidence that suggests that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states. It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing 2804 deaths by 27 February 2020.