Disinfo: The West is aiming to destroy Russia


They will use them [ISIS] against us. The task of the West, America, Europe is to destroy our state. They have already tried to do this through the Chechen Republic, through Ossetia, Georgia, and Ukraine.


This is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on Western belligerence towards Russia and it is also in line with the previous narratives accusing the US and other Western countries in supporting and using jihadist groups to advance geopolitical goals.

The US-led military campaign in Syria has been fighting against ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups along with the Global Coalition Against Daesh. Background and a similar case can be seen here and here.

The policy of the US or the EU is not directed against Russia or any other country. See similar narratives here, here, and here.


  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Syria
  • Keywords: Terrorism financing, West, European Union, Anti-Russian, Terrorism, Daesh


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German missions abroad are under foreign control and produce failed, corrupt states

The Bundeswehr fights thousands of kilometres away from its own borders, under foreign control. And mostly with devastating consequences, even for Germany. Whether Afghanistan or Kosovo, in the end Germany gets a failed, corrupt quasi-state as a mortgage that exports poverty refugees, drugs and criminals. And the USA? They get new US bases abroad.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about German-Western relations, that Germany is not sovereign or governed by "foreign control", and disinformation about German foreign missions.

Pro-Kremlin outlets often use this disinformation narrative about different countries being under the American thumb - see other examples here. Germany is an independent and sovereign country and is not dependent on the United States of America in terms of foreign policy making and therefore it is a conspiracy theory presented without any evidence.  Germany and the US have close partner relations of two sovereign and independent countries.

Kyiv is sabotaging the peace settlement in Donbas

Kyiv does not want to fulfill all it’s obligations [ to the Minsk accords and the Steinmeier Formula] and, in particular, to withdraw their forces.


One of the pro-Kremlin messages about the Kyiv government sabotaging peace in the Donbas region. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine.

According to the daily report by the SMM OSCE, the Mission recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but those violations came from both sides. It is the same situation concerning the withdrawal of forces. The SMM OSCE observed weapons in violation of withdrawal lines in government-controlled areas of Donetsk region and in non-government-controlled areas of Luhansk region.

The U.S. will easily betray the Baltic states and hand them over to Russia

By abandoning Syrian Kurdistan, the U.S. demonstrated that they can betray their allies at any moment just because they are lazy to deal with their problems. The more Poland, the Baltic countries, and other Eastern European fans of American strength will tug uncle Sam’s sleeve, shout about “Russian threat” and demand ever more American tanks, grenade launchers, and special forces, the more probable that Americans will betray and leave them to Russia to deal with.

In fact, Russia is neither interested in Baltic countries nor needs them. They are a godforsaken province, a dual periphery of the West and East. However, the Baltic countries constantly reproduce and attempt to sell the conflict, build their international image at the expense of Russia’s demonization, demand NATO allies an even larger militarization of Russian border, and take West-Russia cooperation as a threat to their interests. Such inadequate allies may drag the U.S. into the entirely unnecessary conflict and force Americans to defend them a thousand miles away from the U.S. shores. Americans do not need this, hence they will easily hand Baltic states over to Russia.


The publication contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Baltic states and Poland as Russophobic and anti-Russian and the US is an unreliable ally which does not care about the Baltic states. It also aims to discredit the Baltic states by portraying them as insignificant, inadequate, and trouble-making.

The Baltic states are full-fledged NATO members, and the principle of collective defence remains at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. Hence in case of an armed attack against them each of the other NATO members will "assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area," Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty stipulates. The principle of collective defence "remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members together, committing them to protect each other and setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance," NATO Website reads.