Disinfo: The USA fights with the Nord Stream and the Russian nuclear industry to eliminate more advanced competition

Summary

The US authorities do everything possible to fight with Russian technologies, which are more advanced than American as they are perceived as competition. For instance, let’s take the Nord Stream, the political effort to stop this project is insane; it is an example of unfair competition. The same situation takes place with the [Russian] nuclear industry.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US position on the construction of Nord Stream 2. The claim that the US authorities fight against the Nord Stream project and the Russian nuclear industry in order to eliminate more advanced competitors is a conspiracy theory.

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.

A number of EU states are also concerned about the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project and its implications for their energy security. Back in March 2016, leaders of eight Central and Eastern European states sent a letter to the president of the European Commission objecting to the Nord Stream 2 project because of risks for energy security in the region. This position was also shared by the European Parliament.

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 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Polish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: Nord Stream 2, Nuclear issues, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe, Conspiracy theory
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative, forwarding hostile narratives on migrants, threatening Christmas and New Years Eve traditions, and about the decline of Christianity in Europe.

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Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative, forwarding hostile narratives on migrants, threatening Christmas and New Years Eve traditions, and about the decline of Christianity in Europe.

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