Disinfo: The coronavirus is part of a US war against Russia and China

Summary

The coronavirus is part of the American biological war against Russia and China. Washington would benefit from “sick” and economically weakened competitors.

The US is conducting operations as part of a biological warfare against the entire planet.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China 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. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a biological weapon.

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  • Reported in: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory

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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.

US and NATO actions are escalating tensions in Caucasus

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO belligerence towards Russia and on Russophobia.

NATO seeks no confrontation with Russia. NATO is a defensive alliance. Its purpose is to protect the member states. NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Black Sea are not directed against Russia or any other country. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years. NATO enlargement is not directed against Russia. Every sovereign nation has the right to choose its own security arrangements. This is a fundamental principle of European security, one that Russia has also subscribed to, and should respect. NATO enlargement has brought more stability and prosperity to Europe, including Russia.

Baba Vanga predicted the coronavirus

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Disproof

This is part of pro-Kremlin media, spreading systematic disinformation and confusion about the coronavirus. See a similar case about a "prediction" made by Nostradamus here. Global epidemics have spread occasionally in all of human history, with or without the "predictions" of soothsayers.

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.