Disinfo: The Swiss are provocateurs who want to escalate tensions between the West and Russia

Summary

The Swiss are “provocateurs” who want to escalate tensions [between Russia and the West], as they always used to. They can sense war is coming. It is without doubt that the war will come, its form is yet unclear. Now, world coalitions are being formed – this is what happened before WWI, as well as before WWII.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West. No sign of any Swiss provocation.

See more on the relations between the West and Russia here.

The EU's most recent policy vis-a-vis Russia has been formulated in 2016 in the Five Guiding Principles that include selective engagement with Russia on issues like migration, counter-terrorism, or climate change; or support for Russia's civil society.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue126
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Switzerland, Russia
  • Keywords: WWI, West, Provocation, WWII, WWIII, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

The disinformation message originates in a Russian language website, translated into Georgian. The claim that Hillary Clinton’s thesis was about Lucifer is manipulative: one of Clinton’s papers involved criticism of the community organization model by Saul Alinsky. The book by Alinsky that Clinton referred to, was about radicalism and discussion or acknowledgement of Lucifer was not its main concept. Further debunking by Myth Detector.

Secret documents: America recognises the independence of Abkhazia

Alleged secret documents show that “within the internationally UN recognised borders of Georgia, the USA recognises the sovereignty of three legal entities: Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia”.

Disproof

There is no evidence that USA has recognized the independence of Abkhazia, quite the opposite - last year president Donald Trump signed an act that eliminates funding for countries that recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia that are occupied by Russia. In May, US Department of State issued a statement saying "We fully support Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders".

The recognition of territories Russia has occupied - Crimea, Abkhazia and South Ossetia - is a recurring theme in pro-Kremlin media which has also been ascribed to the EU.

Aim of NATO’s exercise: prepare for the annexation of Russia’s Kaliningrad region

The Anaconda 2018 scenario will repeat similar military games held in the past with the only difference being the number of servicemen deployed will reach well over a 100,000 drawn from 24 NATO countries and five partner nations. The stated goal is an attempt to prepare for the annexation of Russia’s Kaliningrad region!”

No NATO member state, aside from the US, Poland and a number of Baltic states believes that Russia, the largest country on the planet, would ever attempt a land grab in Europe, as this would be illogical.

Disproof

The article contains typical Kremlin disinformation talking points and repeats earlier disinformation about Kaliningrad. In reality, Anaconda-18 exercise involves around 12,500 troops in Poland and approximately 5,000 troops in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The biggest NATO's exercise was Trident Juncture and it included 50 000 personnel. And as illogical as it may seem, Russia has occupied Crimea, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.