Disinfo: The West is preparing an information attack on the Russian Sputnik V vaccine

Summary

The West is preparing an information attack on the Russian Sputnik V vaccine with a faked mass death of people.

Disproof

No evidence is given. The claim is manipulative and is based on an anonymous Kremlin source. In line with the disinformation narratives claiming that the WHO and the ”collective West” would fight against the Russian vaccine for COVID-19, Sputnik V.

See here a similar case, claiming that Western attacks on the Russian coronavirus vaccine are a corporate cold war against humanity, and here a case on how Russian vaccine opponents are trying to eradicate trust in Sputnik V.

Sputnik V is currently used by several countries for vaccination against COVID-19, although it has not yet been approved by the WHO and the European Medicine Agency (EMA). EMA announced on March 4, 2021, that it has started a rolling review of Sputnik V, which is not completed yet.

Currently, the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns are being rolled out in many countries, including all EU Member States, the use mainly Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines, authorized for urgent use in the EU.

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  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Moldova, Russia, EU
  • Keywords: vaccination, Sputnik V, Information war
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Russia is being sanctioned for its sole existence

The West’s maniacal desire to impose sanctions on Russia is explained by the mere fact of Russia’s existence. The reason for these restrictive measures is that Moscow is protecting its national interests.

Disproof

This is a recurring narrative by pro-Kremlin media claiming that the anti-Russian sanctions are groundless and illegal.

In reality, the sanctions were imposed on Russia for its aggressive policy and violation of international law. The first round of restrictive measures was imposed in March 2014 in the wake of Russia’s illegal annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. More action against Moscow was taken in the following months, the reason being its support of the pro-Kremlin separatists in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas. Some sanctions were only political, such as the suspension of Russia’s voting rights in the Council of Europe. However, its voting rights were restored in 2019. In addition, bans were also imposed on transactions with some Russian businessmen and officials.

The UK uses an anti-Russian rhetoric as a cover, it aims at weakening the EU

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab recently visited the Baltic states and expressed his support to them in the face of the Russian threat. In fact, London uses an anti-Russian rhetoric as a cover-up in its foreign policy doctrine known as “Global Britain”. It wants to use the Baltic states and Ukraine as expendables to weaken the EU and, in particular, the German-French alliance.

Disproof

Disinformation aimed to discredit UK foreign policy and portray it as insidious and anti-EU as well as to question solidarity between the UK and EU member states.

Global Britain is a foreign policy concept used by UK officials. The September 2019 article, authored by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, reads:

Kyiv ready to launch offensive in Donbas with Biden’s approval

Kyiv is ready to launch an offensive in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donbas with US President Joe Biden’s approval. Sources in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office say that the White House has already approved the military scenario, although it has ordered to wait for a signal.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media outlets aiming at deflecting attention away from Russia's direct engagement in the conflict in Ukraine.

The US provides Ukraine with military equipment and trains its soldiers, but does not issue military orders. Since the outbreak of Moscow’s aggression against Kyiv in 2014, the US has supported Ukraine, but there is no direct military US involvement in the Donbas war. The European Union also supports Ukraine, with no direct military assistance.