Disinfo: The US is stuck in the times of the Cold War

Summary

The US is stuck in times of the Cold war with the USSR. The times of bipolar confrontation between Russia and the United States have ended long ago but the American side still operates with that mentality in its affairs. But times changed, and all countries today are living under common rules and international law.

Disproof

The narrative accusing the US of the Cold War mentality and the projection of this mentality on relations with Russia.

The accusation against the US is groundless. The US Department of State stated:

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.

It should be recognised that Russia is a state that tends to ignore “common rules and international law”. As examples of such behaviour could be mentioned illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014 and provocation of the war in Ukraine. The US' critical approach toward Russia is linked to the actions of Moscow. As indicated in the already quoted statement, “the United States seeks to deter Russian aggression by projecting strength and unity with U.S. allies and partners, building resilience and reducing vulnerability among allies and partners facing Russian pressure and coercion.”

See other examples of disinformation about the New Cold War: Joe Biden wants to provoke a New Cold War with Russia to distract the Americans from domestic problems; NATO wants to return to Cold War conditions; The West chose Russia as its main opponent after the collapse of the USSR.

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  • Reported in: Issue 259
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/09/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Lithuanian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Cold War, New Cold War, USSR
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea and sanctions against Russia.

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Disproof

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Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets frequently attack the establishment of an autocephalous Ukrainian church. The Constantinople Patriarchy, not the US, decided to grant the autocephaly to the Ukrainian church. The final decision was made in January 2019, when all members of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate signed off the Tomos of autocephaly. The signing of the Tomos happened after months of careful preparation and consideration by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod.

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