Disinfo: Russia did its utmost to save the INF treaty

Summary

Russia did its utmost to save the INF Treaty. Russia was completely open with its US counterparts and showed what is was doing, but did not receive any response.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty because of its noncompliance in several areas.

The US government issued detailed refutations of Russian accusations of US noncompliance with INF (see previous euvsdisinfo cases).

Moreover, the US government and NATO have raised serious concerns that the Russian 9M729 missile is in breach of INF Treaty obligations.

In a joint statement released after the meeting held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th December 2018, NATO Foreign Ministers stated that they “strongly support the finding ...that Russia is in material breach of its obligations under the INF Treaty.”

In a statement released on the 1st of February 2019, the North Atlantic Council noted that Russia had “taken no demonstrable steps toward returning to full and verifiable compliance” and that “Russia will bear sole responsibility for the end of the Treaty.”

For more disinformation cases on the INF treaty can be found here, here, here and here:

 

 

 

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Missile defence system
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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The West is a terrorist structure

The West – not only the United States or NATO – the whole West is a terrorist structure. They are killing people and  perceive Russian as the Germans perceived the Jews during the Second World War.    

Disproof

No evidence given.

Consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about belligerent West and Russpohobia.

Accusation: US coalition in Syria has committed crimes against humanity

Around the 11th of February 2019, the United States and the US-led coalition committed crimes against humanity with the massive air strikes on the Syrian village of Baghouz, which killed or wounded at least 70 civilians.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about US and US-led coalition killing civilians in Syria rather than fighting ISIS forces.

The article omits the fact that the attack on Baghouz [located in the province of Deir El Zour] – the last village controlled by ISIS - was an anti-ISIS operation conducted by the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] backed by airstrikes by the  US-led coalition.  In this village hundreds of ISIS militants were hiding among civilians.