Disinfo: Skripal poisoning is a well-planned operation by the British intelligence

Summary

Skripal poisoning is a well-planned operation by the British intelligence. UK knew that some Russians are coming to Salisbury for “negotiations” and used this opportunity to accuse Moscow of poisoning.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. The claim about the UK allegedly staging the Skripals' poisoning is an unfounded conspiracy theory.

UK police and intelligence investigations have produced hard evidence which is sufficient to charge two Russian nationals for the attack on the Skripals. These two individuals have been established as officers of the Russian Military Intelligence, GRU. More UK public documents/statements on the case here and here.

The EU Member States support the UK findings, and decided unanimously to introduce sanctions against the GRU officers responsible and their commanding officers.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: UK, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal
  • Outlet: News Front
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Infiltrated US marine ‘caught’ in the barricades in Venezuela

A US marine infiltrated the ‘guarimberos’ (a popular term for the participants on ‘guarimbas’ or barricades). He was leading the violent incidents on the Colombia-Venezuela border and teaching subversive techniques to the ‘guarimberos’ hired by opposition deputy José Manuel Olivares. This proves that the Venezuelan right, Colombian president Iván Duque and the US have plans to promote violence in the country.

Disproof

A simple check to the marine's Instagram account that appears in the video in Lechuginos web page is enough to debunk the whole theory. Far from carrying out an infiltration, which would require a high degree of secrecy, Luis Medina, a US marine of Venezuelan origin, boasts about his participation in the riots and that he is part of the US Army. There is nothing to suggest that this is a clandestine operation but rather a citizen who joined the protests on an individual basis and just happened to be a military officer; even less so that he led the violent incidents. This is a recurrent narrative that the US is staging provocations in Venezuela to justify a military intervention, as you can see here and here.

Yulia Skripal is in a maternity hospital

Yulia Skripal has been already for month and a half in a maternity hospital. Nobody know who is the father of her child.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is another case of pro-Kremlin disinformation about the Skripal poisoning. For more examples see here.

 

NATO tanks at Moldova borders

NATO tanks reached the borders of the Moldovan state. The Alliance command decided to increase the presence of its ground forces in the immediate vicinity of Moldova to carry out a military exercise exactly during the period of greatest political instability – immediately after the parliamentary elections.

Disproof

Indeed, at the end of February 2019, US troops deployed in Europe, along with military equipment, arrived at the "Mihail Kogalniceanu" Air Base in Constanta County. This operation is part of the United States' commitment to securing NATO's Eastern flank security under the Atlantic Resolve Operation.

According to the Romanian Ministry of Defense, the military will participate this year in multinational exercises alongside soldiers from the structures of the Romanian Land Forces. The 1st Aviation Brigade deployed military and aviation techniques in Germany, Latvia and Poland during this same period.