The Russian threat is ‘an invention’ of those who want to benefit from it

Summary

The Russian threat is ‘an invention’ of those who want to benefit from their “role of the advance department in the fight against Russia”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia claiming that the “Russian threat” is a false idea.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications with Russia, but not to invent the 'Russian threat' in order to 'fight against Russia'. After the end of the Cold War until the 2014 Ukraine crisis, most US and Western policymakers no longer viewed Russia as an adversary, instead, taking the opinion that it could potentially become, or already was, a credible and responsible partner for Western states.

For instance, NATO created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest." However, since the Ukraine crisis, NATO has been genuinely concerned about the security challenges posed by Russia to Transatlantic security.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of Eastern Ukraine in early 2014 was widely viewed both in North America and in Europe as violating the basic rules of the post-Cold War European order, especially the rule that borders are inviolable and states should not use force to alter them or take territory from other states. As a result of Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine, many Western states - including key EU members such as Germany and France - critically reassessed their “strategic partnership” policies towards Russia and began to view Russia as a serious challenge to the European security order.

Read more similar cases alleging that NATO exploits non-existent “Russian threat” to increase its presence close to Russian borders and that the phenomenon of the “Russian threat”, “Russian trace”, and “Kremlin hands” is becoming weird and unhealthy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, The West
  • Keywords: security threat, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Vladimir Putin
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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Ukraine is preparing a plan for the deportation of Donbas residents

To deport the people of the People’s Republics for “re-education” in the Western regions [of Ukraine] and to force to move to Russia those who do not agree to leave their houses. The day before, a Ukrainian “plan for the deportation of the people of Donbas” had been made available on the internet. It describes the so-called “strategy for the safe reintegration of Donbas.”

Ukraine has created a “plan for the deportation of the people of Donbas”, which refers to the resettlement of the inhabitants of the DPR and LPR to the cities of Western Ukraine, but by tradition, Kyiv did not ask people for their opinion.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence; it is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine and attempts to discredit the democratically elected Ukrainian government.

The so-called “plan for the deportation of the people of Donbas” first appeared anonymously on the Internet. The story has received widespread coverage in pro-separatist and pro-Kremlin media where it is claimed to be authentic. The source of this information was a fake document allegedly from the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine with incorrect details such as the address of the Council or names of the officials. It was spread on the social media platform "Telegram" with the help of an anonymous account.

The US plans to take over Kalinigrad region

The US plans for war against Russia are voiced more and more. Dr. Richard Hooker, senior researcher at the Jamestown Foundation (USA), recently talked about a plan to invade Kaliningrad, while the American publication Foreign Policy reports that Washington will “protect itself from Russia” by horizontal escalation, that is, by attacking the Russian contingent in Syria […].

Disproof

This is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Western aggression against Kaliningrad.

The origins of this NATO scenario comes from a recent report by the American Jamestown Foundation entitled “How to Defend the Baltic States”, published in October 2019. The report mentions that “three Baltic States—Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—face powerful Russian forces” and therefore this report comes to “lay out the military units and force posture, along with changes to Alliance command and control, that would be needed to prevail in case Russia was to spark hostilities in the Baltic States”, after it was proven that "Russian aggression in Chechnya, Georgia, Donbas, Crimea and Syria have proven that military force can be used successfully without eliciting a forceful response from the West".

Manufacturers of electric cars and local fascists behind Bolivian coup: hunt of Indians, risk of ethnocide

A few years ago colossal deposits of lithium were discovered in Bolivia. Big corporations are in urgent need of access to lithium, a key metal for the production of electric car batteries. Hence it totally can be that the coup was lobbied by the heads of big American manufacturers of electric cars. We also have good reason to believe that the key role in the coup belonged to Bolivian military elite and the heads of intelligence services, who were driven by personal ambitions and racist sentiments towards local Indian population. A military coup in Bolivia was fascist. Interim president Janine Áñez announced hunt of Aymara and Quechua peoples, who make more than a half of Bolivian population. The risk is Bolivian fascist fundamentalists will not only take over deposits of natural resources, but will start ethnocide with the complicity of the US and its satellites.

 

 

Disproof

This publication claims without any proof that the US electric cars manufactures and local fascists staged the coup in Bolivia and that Interim president Janine Áñez announced the hunt of the Aymara and Quechua peoples. It is an example of a recurrent disinformation narrative about US-led regime change operations against left-wing governments in Latin America. Other examples of this narrative include the alleged presence of a US marine in the Venezuelan barricades and the promotion of a Ukraine-style 'colour revolution', the training of Venezuelan exiles in Guyana for military operations inside the country, preparations for a military intervention after forcing Brazil to join NATO, deliberate blackouts in South America caused by the US and the existence of plans for the secession of oil-rich regions in both Venezuela and Mexico.

This narrative also falls within the broader pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative attempting to deny the existence of genuine grass-roots protests, portraying them as foreign-led efforts and fake colour revolutions.