Disinfo: The US would rather spend money to fight Russia than save people’s lives

Summary

The true intentions of the US have been revealed: they would rather spend money on actions against Russia than saving people’s lives. According to the Russian Embassy in the United States, the US State Department has spent 250,000 USD for “exposing Russian health disinformation.” This is merely the product of Russophobic forces in Washington whose destructive efforts have prevailed over efforts to collaborate during the pandemic.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western Russophobia and Moscow’s denial of engagement in disinformation campaigns.

The article refers to a Facebook post by the Embassy of Russia in the USA which condemns the US Department of State’s grant opportunity Exposing Russian Health Disinformation. The grant opportunity issued by the US Bureau of Global Public Affairs is part of the effort to address the health and safety of the American population during the coronavirus pandemic and to limit its impact.

The effectiveness of official communication is linked to the severity of the consequences of health crises and pandemics. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention highlights that the right message can save lives during public health emergencies. Effective communication can be heavily undermined by rumors, misinformation, and disinformation.

Pro-Kremlin media outlets have been documented to disseminate health-related disinformation about the coronavirus. For example, Stop Fake, Polygraph and EUvsDisinfo’s own database. EU Joint Communication on Tackling the COVID-19 disinformation notes, that

"Foreign actors and certain third countries, in particular Russia and China, have engaged in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns aroundCOVID-19 in the EU, its neighbourhood and globally, seeking to undermine democratic debate and exacerbate social polarisation, and improve their own image in the COVID-19 context."

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  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Bulgarian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Propaganda, Russophobia
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Kyiv authorities surrendered Crimea

The politicians [in Kyiv] who seized power in 2014 did everything to ensure Crimeans lost the desire to be part of Ukraine. This was stated by ex-Minister of Justice of Ukraine Olena Lukash: “This is very important that Crimea was surrendered. No one disputes the fact of annexation but this part of the surrender of Crimea, bringing a number of officials to a situation where they went completely in the wrong direction, must be investigated.”

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea. Olena Lukash was the Minister of Justice of Ukraine from July 4, 2013, to February 27, 2014, and was part of the team of the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.

The claim that Kyiv authorities surrendered Crimea in 2014 is an attempt to discredit the current Ukrainian leadership and, thus, blame it for the situation in the country. Crimea was invaded and illegally annexed by Russia. Ukraine has never given up its claim to Crimea and continues supporting Crimeans.

Ukraine is preparing a new provocation in the Black Sea

Under the leadership of US intelligence agencies, Ukraine is creating a “mosquito fleet” to continue provocations in the Black Sea, similar to the one that was carried out near the Crimean bridge. So we should expect that these American boats, being captured by Russian border guards along with Ukrainian crews, will again gather dust in Sevastopol as material evidence.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Kerch strait incident and US controlling Ukraine. No evidence is given.

The U.S. State Department has cleared a potential sale to Ukraine of 16 Mark VI patrol boats and other gear worth $600 million. According to a State Department official, the sale will improve the capability of the Ukrainian Armed Forces to “sustain river and littoral water patrols throughout Ukraine’s [maritime] exclusive economic zone.”

The US and its European allies wage a fierce economic war against the Syrian people

The Syrian people will not be intimidated by the fierce economic war that targets them and their livelihoods, and is waged by the United States and its European allies.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disnformation narrative about sanctions against the Syrian regime trying to portray them as illegal and targeting the Syrian population.

The EU and US sanctions do not target the Syrian population but individuals and companies who are involved with a political regime that has committed war crimes. See our video here for further details.