The U.S. would like to resell Russian gas to Europe

Summary

It is not true that the Americans don’t want Russia to sell gas to Europe. On the contrary, the US is interested in purchasing gas from Russia to resell it at a high price.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and the US presence in Europe.

U.S. sells its own gas to Europe. For example,  the White House reports that during the past year, Poland has also signed approximately 25 billion dollars’ worth of new contracts with U.S. firms to buy more than 6 billion cubic metres of U.S. liquefied natural gas.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Europe
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 [11:09 - 11:24]
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Russia was not invited to events commemmorating WWII because of anti-Russian politics

The Polish leadership continues to follow the principles of anti-Russian politics, not inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to commemorative events dedicated to the outbreak of World War II. Poland is engaged in rewriting history, despite the obvious key role of the USSR in the victory over fascist Germany.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Poland and Russophobia.

Poland's decision not to invite the Russian delegation to WWII commemoration ceremony has to do with Russian aggression against Ukraine. Krzysztof Szczerski, chief advisor to the Polish president, stated in March 2019 that the anniversary ceremony will be held “in the company of countries with whom Poland now cooperates closely for peace, based on the respect for international law, for the sovereignty of nations and of their territories”. This point was reiterated by Jacek Sasin, Polish deputy prime minister in July, who said: "I think it would be inappropriate to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the armed aggression against Poland with the participation of a leader who today treats his neighbors using the same methods."

US wants to completely capture European gas market

The United States intends to capture the energy market of the European Union. Using the Tripartite Agreement between the United States, Poland and Ukraine, Washington wants to make most of Europe on the dependent of American gas and take control of the transit capacities of the Ukrainian gas transportation system.

 

 

Disproof

This disinformation message is a reaction to the signing of the trilateral agreement between Ukraine, Poland and the United States on 31 August. This agreement will help Kуiv increase the country's energy security and not depend solely on the Kremlin. Thanks to this agreement, this year, Ukraine will already receive gas from the United States.

Liquefied natural gas from the United States will arrive in the Polish terminal Swinoujscie in November this year.

Ukraine abandoned its nuclear weapons due to US aggression against the country

The United States threatened to erase Ukraine if the country did not give up its nuclear potential: therefore, the Ukrainian leadership, fearing the American threat, made concessions and began disarmament. Moscow and Washington recognised the inability of Ukraine to control nuclear weapons, with which anything could happen through the fault of Kуiv.

 

 

Disproof

This disinformation message distorts the reality as can be seen in an interview with the first president of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk, which touched upon the topic of Ukraine's nuclear disarmament after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Kravchuk said that at that time, the United States warned the Ukrainian leadership about the possible introduction of economic restrictions against Ukraine if it did not give up its nuclear potential. The problem was not that Ukraine may accidentally launch missiles, but that all warheads in Ukraine were aimed at the United States, and the so-called nuclear suitcase was in the Kremlin. Thus, all launchers were controlled exclusively by Moscow, which meant that Ukraine could not guarantee their security to its western partners.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine held the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world made up of intercontinental ballistic missiles and strategic bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons. On 24 October 1991, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a statement on the country's nuclear-free status. Three years later, Ukraine actually joined the nuclear non-proliferation treaties. In exchange, the leaders of the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom signed the Budapest memorandum with guarantees of the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.