Disinfo: The West is preparing to attack Russia

Summary

The West is preparing to attack Russia. We do not know what form this attack will take.  NATO is squeezing Russia from all sides.

Disproof

No evidence given. This claim ignores the facts of geography. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, 1,215 kilometres, or less than one-sixteenth, face current NATO members. bit.ly/2sX0IFD,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue81
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/09/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, NATO, The West

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Russia is under unprecedented military pressure

Russia is under pressure, including military pressure, that is unprecedented in the last 500 years.

Disproof

No objective figures would suggest that the current military pressure on Russia is on a par with or larger than e.g. during the WW2 or during the Cold War. Russia's military exercises in recent years have been far bigger than those of NATO: bit.ly/29kpLYm, . Moreover, significant NATO exercises are subject to notification or open to observers bit.ly/2dQA71d, .

A Lithuanian NATO instructor raped two girls in Donbas

A Lithuanian NATO instructor raped two girls in Donbas. Ukrainian soldiers battered the Lithuanians.

Disproof

No evidence given, recurring disinformation method. The Ukrainian Defence Attaché in Lithuania informed the media that 60 Lithuanian soldiers are deployed in Ukraine. All of them are deployed in the Central and Western parts of Ukraine and none is deployed in the south-east part of Ukraine. Further debunking: www.delfi.lt/news/daily/medijos-karas-propaganda/prorusiski-separatistai-rado-nauja-taikini-pasakoja-kraupia-istorija-apie-lietuvos-karius.d?id=75820981,

The EU has spent 54 million euro to conclude that only women can bear children

The project is part of the 8th Framework Program, totaling € 12 billion, and has been classified as “successful” after a review in the Commission and all grants have been paid. Commissioner for Demographic Affairs Nikita Downing has announced that several similar projects are underway to illustrate the effective investment of European funds in research.

Disproof

The source of the article is a satirical website www.gudelnews.com/2017/09/54.html, .

There is currently no Commissioner for Demographic Affairs as well as no Commissioner with the name of Nikita Downing ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2014-2019_en, . There is no such research presented within the Horizon 2020 programme (the 8th Framework Program).