Disinfo: The US is ready for war to stop Nord Stream 2

Summary

The US wants to stop Nord Stream 2 at any cost, including through a military confrontation. Both the current US President Donald Trump, and his successor Joe Biden, share the same position of vigorously opposing the project.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative about the Nord Stream 2 project opposition as a way to subdue Europe. The narrative goes that the West uses all manipulation possible to stop the Nord Stream 2 project, including the poisoning of Navalny.

The claim that the US is prepared to stop the Nord Stream 2 project in a military confrontation represents an unsubstantiated claim not supported by evidence.

The US Congress has been opposing the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in Europe as a threat to energy and national security of European allies. Read more about the position of the US Government on the Nord Stream 2 here.

Furthermore, the US policy under President Donald Trump has been to impose sanctions on companies working on the project in late 2019. American president-elect Joe Biden is unlikely to lift sanctions but no specificities will be clear until he takes office.

See earlier examples of disinformation cases alleging that US bombers might target the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, US is threatening the EU and tries to stop the Nord Stream 2 project and Washington is behind Denmark’s attempts to obstruct the construction of Nord Stream 2.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Bulgarian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Energy, Donald Trump, US presence in Europe, Joe Biden
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Disproof

This is an example of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the 2013-2014 Maidan protests and the war in Ukraine.

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that Germany did not collaborate with Russia in the investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny and that Germany violated the Chemical Weapons Convention.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

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