Disinfo: The USA uses Navalny poisoning in order to promote its expensive fuel to Europe

Summary

The Americans are the most interested side in the situation [around Navalny poisoning] – they need constant economic fights, especially if there is talk about fuel.

This situation is about pushing Russia to the “sanction area” and convincing Europe not to do business with Russia. The background of this situation is big money. The American fuel is not the cheapest – that is why it is in the interest of the USA to get rid of competitors using all possible means.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

There are no grounds for connecting Navalny's poisoning with Nord Stream 2, or to allege US involvement in the incident. The pro-Kremlin outlets actively accuse the USA in the use of the situation around Navalny in order to promote the American LNG to Europe - this statement should be perceived as a conspiracy theory.

A prominent Russian opposition figure, Alexey Navalny fell ill during an internal flight in Russia and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin’s Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided  “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. This has benen corroborated by independent laboratories in France and Sweden. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

Read similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny’s blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

This message appeared in the same article as the claim that the EU addresses the issue of Navalny poisoning relying on some groundless declarations of Navalny.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 215
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: EU, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, gas, Alexei Navalny, Energy, Anti-Russian, US presence in Europe

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Navalny uses his own poisoning to promote himself

Navalny “feeds” on the topic of Putin – without Putin, there is no Navalny, because, in this situation, his activities lose all their meaning. Navalny uses the current situation in all possible ways in order to promote himself. That is why all of his statements and comments are worth nothing.

It is difficult to understand why the European Union addresses the issue of Navalny relying on some groundless declarations – there is no evidence confirming these claims. Navalny is an oppositionist, who has his own life plan – such countries as Germany and France should not take any actions only because Navalny made some claims. It is not the reason for the EU to introduce next sanctions against Russia relying on some statements of Navalny.

Disproof

This message is a conspiracy theory  advancing recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin’s Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided  “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. The European Union condemned the poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms.

CIA and Pentagon prepares Belarusian protestors in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic states

“The fighters for the renewal of Belarus” take part in trainings in Poland, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States – these trainings are realised with the participation of instructors from the CIA, Pentagon and the American NGOs associated with the US Department of State.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. The USA and its European “vassals” (Poland, Ukraine, Baltic states) have been repeatedly accused by the pro-Kremlin media in alleged attempts to overthrow Alyaksandr Lukashenka using all possible means.

There is no evidence proving the claim that the CIA and Pentagon instructors prepare the Belarusian “fighters” in Poland, Georgia, Ukraine and the Baltic States – this statement should be perceived as a conspiracy theory.

Berlin sets a course of containment towards Russia

Berlin has embarked on a course to contain Russia, but the tensions can be overcome in favour of the interests of both countries.

The Russian Foreign Ministry declared that accusations by Berlin would continue the anti-Russian line in relation to the Navalny case. It was also an attempt to shift the responsibility for its own unwillingness to cooperate with Moscow in this case onto others.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on anti-Russian policy in Europe, portraying Western governments and institutions as Russophobic and trying to harm Russia. This is also part of a disinformation narrative portraying the poisoning of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny as unfounded and targeted against Russia.

Germany does not set a course of containment towards Russia. According to Germany's Foreign Ministry, dialogue with Russia remains important. Among others, the Petersburg dialogue, which includes ten working groups on various aspects of society and meets once a year, is an important bilateral forum for German-Russian dialogue. The two countries also organise events in joint German-Russian years, which focus on a particular topic relevant to bilateral collaboration.