Disinfo: The US is implementing deadly anti-Russian policy; the Western countries are guilty of the situation in Ukraine

Summary

The US is implementing deadly anti-Russian policy and involving into it other countries. The “Atlantic Russophobia” is the ground of the existence of the US and NATO.

The Western countries are guilty of the situation in Ukraine. They allowed removing democratically elected president Viktor Yanukovich by force. The new regime in Kyiv started oppressions against Russian-speaking people in Donbas. The US and Europe turn a blind eye to it.

Disproof

A recurring accusation of Russophobia of the US and Western countries, in general, presenting Ukraine as a puppet of Washington.

The statement about Russophobia or anti-Russian position of the US, other Western countries or NATO was presented without evidence. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states.

The events of Euromaidan in Ukraine (2013-2014) węre not created by Western countries. It was part of the inner political processes in Ukraine. First of all, There was no coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.

Read more about the most prominent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives surrounding the current Russia-Ukraine conflict in our recent analyses here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine, US, Europe
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Anti-Russian, NATO, Puppets, Euromaidan, Viktor Yanukovych, West

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The US is ordering Facebook to censor Sputnik’s opinions

Under the guidance of the US political leadership, Facebook is blocking posts on Sputnik pages. Anything that contradicts the directions of the American side is deleted or blocked, as it has happened in the past with (former US President Donald) Trump.

The Facebook administration took the same measures with China and Venezuela in earlier times, due to the political dispute with the American side, despite the fact that these pages did not violate the stated standards.

The US can pressure Facebook to block official websites belonging to the Russian state, especially official news sites, including Sputnik, in order to stop the flow of news that does not comply with American policy.

Disproof

A pro-Kremlin narrative about the US's alleged media censorship and societal control.

This message is consistent with another broad pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit democratic societies by painting the latter as totalitarian systems that want to persecute anyone who expresses views that are different from the dominant way of thinking.

The United States intimidates Russia with sanctions

The United States intimidates Russia with sanctions designed to undermine Russia's domestic economy and create a systemic challenge to Russia

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about an aggressive Russophobic policy of sanctions by the US, framing them as unjustified measures against Russia.

The United States has long sought a full and constructive relationship with Russia. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States adopted a bipartisan strategy to facilitate cooperation on global issues and promote foreign investment and trade. The United States supported Russia’s integration into European and global institutions and a deepened bilateral partnership in security cooperation to reinforce the foundations of stability and predictability.

Georgia started the aggression against Russia in 2008

Georgia attacked the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and Russia was initially accused of initiating the war. In 2009, the International fact-finding mission into those events came to the conclusion that the Georgian authorities started the attack.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to deny any role for Russia in the Russo-Georgian war, portraying it as a peacemaker and blaming Georgia and its political leadership for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia timed around the 13th anniversary of the conflict.

Georgia is a sovereign country attacked by Russia in 2008. Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement here, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia here and the European Parliament's declaration.

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