Disinfo: The US and some Western countries do not allow European countries to request Russian aid

Summary

The US and some Western countries push their geopolitical interests even during the coronavirus crisis, and do not allow European countries, even NATO partners, to contact Russia for aid and assistance.

Disproof

Disinformation narrative claiming that Moscow is ready to provide disinterested help to  European countries affected by coronavirus but “superior friends” (US, NATO, EU) did not allow Russia to do so.

The Italian experience proves that this is not true.

Italy did not receive any veto from EU or NATO or from any “superior friend”, in fact on the 22nd of March Russia sent and aid mission to Italy.

Later on the 1st of April Russia sent a cargo plane filled with masks and medical equipment to the U.S., after President Donald Trump accepted an offer of humanitarian aid from Putin to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

In the case of Italy several observers questioned the nature and the goals of the Russian mission and its real value in fighting the epidemic.

The NATO general Tod Wolters told the Guardian  that he was chiefly concerned about the presence of Russian military staff in Italy.

According to the outlet Coda that interviewed two sources inside the Italian military  “most of the aid is superfluous to the country since Italy is reputed to have some of the best nuclear, biological and chemical capabilities within NATO”.

A report by Italian daily La Stampa said that most of the Russian assistance was useless.

Read a similar case claiming that  Russian aid played key role in slowing spread of COVID-19 in Italy

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU, Italy, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, humanitarian aid, NATO, The West
see more

US’ media keep silence on Biden’s accusations of sexual harassment

Joe Biden, who plans to compete for the post of head of state on a Democratic Party ticket, was accused of sexual harassment. But what is curious: the press and the public, who usually relish such stories in detail, are now simply keeping silent.The largest television channels ignored the story. Nobody even asks Joe Biden about accusations of harassment. It is worth noting that the most influential US media support the Democrats. It turns out that when the presidency and the interests of his candidate are at stake, the harassment and rights of women journalists are not so worrying.

Disproof

The statement is untrue. Russia's Channel 1 (Pervyi Kanal) released its report on Biden on April 29th. On April 27th, CNN's editor urged Joe Biden to address the accusations. On May 2nd, Joe Biden sent a letter to the secretary of the Senate requesting the release of any documents related to a sexual assault allegation made by onetime staffer Tara Reade, as reported by CNN. The New York Times, was one of the first outlets in the US to report on the allegations on April 12th, even interviewing Tara Read who accused Biden of sexual harassment. The Washington Post published its own investigation.

See other disinformation cases on Joe Biden and their debunking.

The Skripal affair was forgotten because after two years no essential evidence was found

The Czech Republic accused Russia of attempting to poison officials who demolished the Marshal Konev monument. These accusations remind us of the Skripal affair which everyone forgot because no essential evidence was ever found.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative attempting to delegitimise any criticism of Russian actions by presenting it as a manifestation of the West's "anti-Russian" provocations. In fact, incidents such as the Skripal case and the downing of MH17 are well-documented cases of acts of Kremlin-enabled violence outside Russia.

Although the entirety of evidence against Russia in the Skripal case has not been made public, the evidence in the public domain is very significant and leaves no room for doubt. Two operatives of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (known as its former Russian acronym GRU) have been identified by UK Police Authorities as the chief suspects. Their identities have been further studied by investigastion network Bellingcat: Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin. 

Flu and meningitis vaccinations may be why so many people died of coronavirus in Brescia and Bergamo

The anti-influenza and anti-meningitis vaccination campaigns conducted in Brescia and Bergamo in late 2019 may be the reason why the coronavirus pandemic has killed so many people in these two Italian cities. Serious scientific research should address this possibility, but this will not be done because the medical “priests” of the “vaccine religion”, as well the pharmaceutical companies that produce vaccines, would be against such a research project.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given. This is part of the pro-Kremlin disinformation on coronavirus and attempts to push false health information, in this case promoting anti-vaccine messaging, which is also a recurring element of pro-Kremlin disinformation. The article merges the familiar pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about a "Shadow Government" of all-powerful groups ruling the world with anti-vaccine messaging in context of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that vaccines are just a profit-driven ploy by "Big Pharma".

Vaccines are supported by extensive scientific research. They are the main tool for primary prevention of disease and one of the most cost-effective public health measures available, saving millions of people from illness, disability and death each year. Immunisation through vaccination is the best defence we have against serious, preventable, and sometimes deadly contagious diseases.