Disinfo: The West has announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats to muffle the ‘remarkable victory of Russia’ in the Eastern Ghouta

Summary

All this hysteria [the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US and Europe after the Salisbury attack] is being carried out to muffle the effect of the remarkable victory of Russia and Syria in the Eastern Ghouta.

 

Disproof

The expulsion had nothing to do with Russia's involvement in the Syrian war.

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

143 Russian intelligence officers based in 26 countries were expelled as a reaction to the attack. www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response,

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

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  • Reported in: Issue105
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/03/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Diplomacy with Russia, West, Anti-Russian, Syrian War

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The expulsion of Russian diplomats means that the US has declared a New Cold War on Russia

When the UK began leading such a crusade [the expulsion of Russian diplomats], the banner of this crusade was raised up by the United States. In fact the United States announced the beginning of a large-scale Cold War. This is a fact.

 

Disproof

Neither the US nor the UK have announced a Cold War on Russia.

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia.

143 Russian intelligence officers based in 26 countries were expelled as a reaction to the attack. www.gov.uk/government/news/novichok-nerve-agent-use-in-salisbury-uk-government-response,

The US and the UK are using Skripal case to start a Crusade against Russia

It doesn’t feel like a war, it feels like a crusade against Russia. The United States, together with Great Britain, is trying to consolidate the West as a coalition of states – it is understandable, based on that Russophobia, on the basis of an alleged “Russian threat” – and to control at least partly the West, that Anglo-Saxon core of it.

                  

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Repeating recurring disinformation about West's "Russophobia". euvsdisinfo.eu/the-russophobia-myth-appealing-to-the-lowest-feelings/,

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

The attack on Skripal and his daughter was prepared by the West as a counter-Russian provocation

Novichok’s gas acts immediately. To allow Scripal and his daughter to live, they must be given an antidote within 15 to 30 seconds after the attack. Russian authorities denied that Novichok would ever been developed in Soviet Union. In addition, Novichok was destroyed under the supervision and control of US experts during the time USSR existed. This means that the attack could not have been carried out by anyone other than the West, who had Novichok and an antidote ready.

Disproof

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=.

The nerve agent has been identified as Novichok (which means newcomer in Russian). It is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s https://www.voanews.com/a/british-prime-minister-russia-poisoning-spy/4294683.html. It's so unusual, that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html, https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264.