Disinfo: The US goal of global hegemony could lead to nuclear war with Russia

Summary

The US neoconservative goal of achieving global hegemony, will lead to a nuclear war with Russia, unless President Putin decisively protects Russia’s interests and rejects the decadent, corrupt and dying West.

Disproof

This article contains several recurring pro-Kremlin narratives claiming that aggressive US policies are bringing the world closer to nuclear war, that the US and its allies are preparing to launch military aggression against Russia and that the West is a decadent and immoral society.

It is not true that the new US administration is creating the conditions for the outbreak of nuclear war with Russia. While the Biden Administration has stated that it will counter Russian actions that harm the US or its allies (ongoing aggression against Ukraine, cyber-attacks, alleged Russian bounties for killing American soldiers in Afghanistan, interference in the US 2020 elections), it also stressed the need to enhance stability and predictability with Russia and to reduce the risks of nuclear conflict by pursuing new arms control agreements.

In January 2021, immediately after becoming US President, Joe Biden moved quickly to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty, which it views as “an anchor of strategic stabilitybetween the US and Russia.

The new Interim National Security Strategic Guidance document stresses that one of the top priorities of the Biden administration is to “reduce the existential threat of nuclear weapons”, and that the US seeks to engage with Russia and China to enhance strategic stability.

Read similar cases claiming that the US is creating conditions for a nuclear conflict, that the US is pushing the world to the World War 3, which will be a nuclear war and that Washington is likely to launch a war against Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/03/2021
  • Article language(s) English, Italian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Anti-Russian, Treaty on Open Skies, Vladimir Putin, Warmongering
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