Disinfo: “New Europe” is getting paid to instigate conflicts with Russia

Summary

The so-called “new Europe”- Ukraine, the Baltic States, Poland is getting paid to instigate conflicts with Russia, but the payments are getting lower.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory advancing a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about provocations and West encircling Russia. 

Such disinformation narratives aim to portray a major division in Europe, between Russia-loving "old" Europe, and Russophobic "new" member states. See for example a previous disinformation message alleging that Poland and the Baltic States are preparing for a new war with Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue183
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Baltic states
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Russophobia

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The Baltic States have nothing to offer to Europe, except fear

Lithuania has won a war with Russia, because it has declared this war but Russia did not show up for it. This [Lithuanian National Threat Assessment 2020] is political paranoia, but it has a purpose. They shout about the Russian threat with their heads turned to Brussels and Berlin. The Baltic States have nothing else to trade with Europe, except fear.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States.

For example, see a previous disinformation case alleging that Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

US is a dictator that issues orders and needs a second Ukraine in Georgia

Americans want to have a force in the Georgian government, which will have if not military actions, at least military rhetoric with Russia. They need a second Ukraine in Georgia. America is neither a friend nor a partner of Georgia; America is a director, which issues orders.

Disproof

The claim contains multiple recurring pro-Kremlin narratives on the US, Georgia and Ukraine.

The first narrative is that the US dictates and interferes in the internal politics of other countries. See similar cases claiming that the US and the EU govern Georgia, that strong Georgia is not in the interest of the West, and that the EU and US interfered in the domestic affairs of Ukraine.

Scientific evidence is mounting that the coronavirus is man made and targeting the Chinese race

Scientific evidence is mounting that the disease – like all the coronaviral diseases, including the 2019-nCoV predecessor SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, 2002 / 2003 also in China), and its Middle East equivalent, MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) are not only laboratory fabricated, but also patented. And so are many others, for example, Ebola and HIV. Both, SARS and 2019-nCoV are not only man-made, but they are also focusing on the Chinese race. That’s why you find very few people infected in the 18 countries where the coronavirus has spread.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the coronavirus.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS.