Disinfo: The West is attacking Russia on coronavirus

Summary

The Western world is once more attacking Russia by taking advantage of the new coronavirus. […] The EU is attempting to shift the blame to Russia and China in order to cover its own inefficiencies in combating the coronavirus outbreak. The EU and the European governments have been in a state of paralysis as far as it concerns the way they tackled the virus so far and they prefer to shift the blame to other countries, such as Russia and China.

Disproof

This is an unfounded narrative promoted by the Kremlin to highlight that the EU has been incapable in making common decisions and reaching common solutions to the coronavirus outbreak. This news article is ignoring certain initiatives by EU institutions such as the decisions made by the Eurogroup on a common economic policy response and the European Commission on closing temporarily the EU borders for 30 days to protect health but also the announcement made by the European Central Bank (ECB) to launch a 750 billion euros Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP) to help the public and the private sector. See related pro-Kremlin disinformation cases about the coronavirus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Greek
  • Country: Greece, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU, EU disintegration, West, Anti-Russian
  • Outlet: Sputnik Greece
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Pentagon-funded biological laboratories involved in creation of Coronavirus

Officials and media outlets have doubts about Pentagon-funded biological laboratories. American laboratories can be involved in creation of Coronavirus.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about biological weapons. The narratives also resemble a recurring conspiracy theory about the Lugar Lab in Georgia.

The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially in a laboratory as a weapon of mass destruction. A group of public health scientists have condemned rumours and conspiracy theories about the origin of coronavirus outbreak. "We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin.The authors of The Lancet statement note that scientists from several countries who have studied SARS-CoV-2 “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife, just like many other viruses that have recently emerged in humans.

Coronavirus was developed in a laboratory; it has HIV inserts

In India [researchers] have decoded the coronavirus genome. What did they find? On the surface [of the virus] there is a protein, a glycoprotein, and there are four HIV inserts. This is key. (…) It could not have happened naturally. These inserts could only be created in a laboratory.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. One of many recurring Kremlin disinformation narratives claiming that the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus is man-made.

COVID-19 is not a biological weapon. A recent analysis of the genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 virus found no evidence that it was developed artificially in a lab or otherwise engineered. The virus comes from a family of viruses originating in animals that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading across the world. The number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 300,000 globally with over 14,000 deaths by 23 March 2020. Cases have been reported in 190 countries, territories and areas.

Response measures to coronavirus demonstrate the decline of the US and the EU

Response measures to the spread of COVID-19 demonstrate that NATO countries will lose in the global competition and in case of serious external threat, NATO countries will quarrel. Three conclusions can be drawn from the spread of coronavirus. First, the US will betray Europe at the earliest opportunity, they will not defend the Baltic states in case of military aggression. Second, the EU will collapse. Deep divisions among EU countries will become even deeper after the coronavirus. The EU’s migration crisis pushed the UK towards Brexit, similarly the absence of solidarity in combating coronavirus may provoke Italy’s exit from the EU. Third, Russia and China turn out to be more successful than the US and the EU. The latter’s status of promised land is turning into an exclusion zone. Russia and many non-Western countries proved to be more effective in addressing new threats. This means that the West’s global role will decrease even faster than before.

Disproof

Attempt to discredit the NATO, US, and the EU. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the imminent collapse of the EU and other Western states and organisations and the US as an unreliable ally which does not care about the Baltic states. Read our past analysis 5 Common Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Narratives to learn more about this and the other most frequent propagandistic narratives.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the U.S. will easily betray the Baltic states and hand them over to Russia, that Italy, Spain, Portugal, and possibly even France are in line to exit the EU, that a number of EU countries teeter on the brink of default, and that the EU is rotten and countries are leaving it.