Disinfo: The Americans are interested in disrupting gas transit via Ukraine

Summary

Ukrainian experts and the government do not serve the interests of the Ukrainian people, they serve the American [energy] interest. The latter wants to sell liquefied gas, to worsen the situation in Europe and to put it on its knees using gas and political methods. And in order to accomplish this they have lit up Ukraine [with the Euromaidan revolution in 2013-2014] and have divided the European continent.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging Washington is trying to create problems for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline construction and disrupt the gas transit via Ukraine in order to open the market for the liquified gas from the United States. Mixed in there is another often encountered pro-Kremlin disinformation claim blaming the US for instilling the Euromaidan. Ukraine has made it clear that it is interested and ready to continue transit of gas from Russia to the EU. On 19 September 2019, during the third round of trilateral gas talks between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia, Ukrainian delegation confirmed its willingness to sign a new contract for the duration of 10 years under the EU law. The claim that the U.S. is planning to monopolise the European gas market is sufficiently exaggerated. According to Eurostat, Russia was, and remains, the largest supplier of natural gas and petroleum to the EU. Moreover, it has increased its share over the last years. Whereas in 2017 Russia accounted for 39.3% of all gas imports, in 2018 its share increased to 40.2%. The other large suppliers of natural gas are Norway (35% in 2018), Algeria (11.3%), Qatar (5.8%), and other suppliers – 7.7%. It is the same situation with petroleum where Russia's share is 27.3%; Norway is in second place with 11.2%. As of 2018-2019, the U.S. is only the third biggest supplier of LNG to Europe with a share of 12.6% of all EU LNG imports. For the U.S., EU is also not the biggest purchaser, since it accounts only for 10% of all U.S. LNG exports. Overall, from August 2018 until April 2019, the EU bought in from the U.S. 10.4 billion cubic metres of gas. To compare, in 2018 Russia’s gas exports to the EU reached 202 bcm which set a record.

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  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: gas, Nord Stream 2, Energy, European Union, Europe
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Polish authorities were certain of signing an US-Polish agreement on the establishment of “Fort Trump” during the events of the 1st of September 2019. Poland hopes to become an Eastern European Britain. Then, as the most pro-American country, with US support, it could dictate to the rest of the EU what to do and how to do it. These hopes, however, did not come true.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US presence in Europe. The US and Poland did indeed negotiate the establishment of a permanent US military base in Poland known as "Fort Trump." It was expected that the two sides would discuss this issue during Trump's planned visit to Poland on 1 September 2019, however, reports did not refer to plans to sign a final agreement on that date. Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies - moreover, as a member of NATO and the EU, Poland is able to impact the formation of common foreign policies of these unions. See other examples of the disinformation about Polish-American relations here. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is the US's "Trojan horse" and is a fully controlled country, that Latvia is a US's vassal state and that Poland plans to establish an anti-Russian buffer zone including Belarus.

Hong Kong protests are the West's revenge on China for not waging war against Russia

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Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about western influence behind the protests in Hong Kong, a shadow government in the form of Anglo-Saxon control over Chinese trade through Hong Kong, and the West's anti-Russian activities. The claim that the West has been pushing China to wage war against Russia which Beijing ultimately refused to do, is a groundless conspiracy theory. The protests in Hong Kong started in June 2019 over a controversial extradition law, but have expanded to call for Hong Kong's leader to step down, an inquiry into alleged police brutality, for those who have been arrested to be released and greater democratic freedoms See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Britain and US are organising the protests in Hong Kong, the Luciferian Zionist Rothschild crime family controls the Western mainstream media, and the West always dreams of splitting Russia.

Czechia intends to build hotels in Crimea

A delegation from Czechia arrived in Crimea. On the peninsula, visitors signed a number of investment documents with the leadership of the peninsula. Among other things, Czechia is going to develop the tourism industry in Crimea.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to portray a gradual acceptance of Crimea's position within the Russian Federation, especially by the West. Read similar cases here. A group of Czech citizens actually visited annexed Crimea, but they were not part of an official delegation. Czechia dissociated itself from such visitors - they had neither the authority nor the mandate to negotiate on behalf of the government about any Czech investments in the economy of annexed Crimea. The trip of several Czech citizens to the peninsula is an exclusively private initiative, the Czech Foreign Ministry said. They called on their citizens to respect the laws of Ukraine. Also, the Czech Foreign Ministry said that for a long time it was strongly recommended not to visit the Ukrainian occupied territories without special permission to enter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. However, the Czech Republic, like any other democratic country, cannot forcibly restrict the right to movement of its citizens and force them not to travel to Crimea or Donbas. See here for the EU statement on the fifth anniversary of Crimea annexation.