Russiagate is a hoax invented by the American Deep State

Summary

Russiagate is a hoax invented by the American Deep State.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation combining claims on the lack of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the Mueller report, and a conspiracy theory about the deep state, in the US or or elsewhere

Robert Mueller's investigation concluded that Russia did interfere in the 2016 election. Robert Mueller’s report maintains that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities”.  Nevertheless, it states that Russian interference activities did take place. See here for full Mueller report.

As concluded earlier by the US intelligence community and by Mueller’s own inquiry “the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts”.

For further debunking, see here.

For other cases about Russian interference in the US elections 2016, see here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: US, Russia
  • Keywords: election meddling, Robert Mueller
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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NATO forces could be used against European states opposing the US’s wishes

NATO forces could be used against the governments of European states which take decisions that go against the US’s wishes. This idea is supported  by The New York Times, which is the mouthpiece of the US “deep state”. The Armed Forces of NATO member states obey orders issued by the US military command.

Disproof

This message is consistent with a basic pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on US relations with EU countries. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that different countries, America's transatlantic allies in this case, are US vassals and remain under the American thumb. See earlier examples: Poland is US's vassal state, Europe is occupied by the US and has limited sovereignty, the EU is directed by Washington, Germany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe.

NATO is a political and military alliance, and NATO member states make sovereign decisions about their own security. NATO and US military presence in these states is possible only on the basis of the clear consent of the hosting nation. Moreover, all NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries.

The US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF treaty

The US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF treaty. Its action has destructive consequences for the security of the US’s European allies.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF treaty.

Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF Treaty, because it has produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile, which violates it. In July 2014 the then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty, which  prohibits the US and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying  ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers.

Tbilisi, Baku and Yerevan won’t join EU and NATO unless they hold LGBT pride

Does anyone think that Tbilisi, Baku and Yerevan will be able to join the EU or NATO until they hoist the LGBT community flag?

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming the morally corrupt West obliges other countries to conduct Pride parades and imposes the legalization of gay marriages.

The claim is consistent with "'threatened values' narrative which is one of the most common narratives used by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets.