Disinfo: The West is supporting terrorists to encircle Russia

Summary

Some of the extremist Islamic organisations are employing their favourite and recurring narrative on calling for jihad to support Islam in Karabakh, with the same mechanism of “jihad against atheism” that was used in the 1980s, then the support of Muslims in Yugoslavia in the 1990s, then the Muslims of Chechnya in the late 1990s and the beginning of the millennium, all through to the support of “Islam” during the “Arab Spring” revolutions, and then the establishment of the “Islamic Caliphate” in the Levant.

The same organisations, institutions and charities, and indeed the same faces and the same Western apparatus behind them, are using the same mechanism of providing generous and malicious funds this time to destabilise Russia’s weak spots, namely the Caucasus by transporting a few hundred terrorists to Azerbaijan to create tension in Russian-Azerbaijani and Russian-Turkish relations, in preparation for the introduction of these people into Russian lands through the 330 km-long border between Azerbaijan and Russia.

Disproof

A conspiracy theory supported by no evidence and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative suggesting that the US and the West more broadly sponsor terrorism.

This message is part of a recurrent narrative alleging that the Europe, United States and its NATO partners have established many terrorist organisations and control global terrorism.

Ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the US and and Europe have been engaged in an enormous military and intelligence effort to counter Al Qaeda, ISIS and other radical Islamist terrorist groups around the world.

Similar cases include that ISIS has been supported by US, British, French and Israeli intelligence services in order to demolish Syria, that the US and Europe support Jihadist forces in Syria, and that Al Baghdadi was an American product.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 217
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Arab Spring, Nagorno-Karabakh, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy

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Turkey, UK and Ukraine are preparing a plot against Russia

In such an “alliance” Ukraine can only be assigned the role of a forward base for Britain’s anti-Russian actions, primarily in the Black Sea region.

And by some strange “coincidence”, the British have sharply intensified their large-scale special operations against Russia, such as the “poisoning of Navalny”, whose British “roots” are indicated by too many facts, which cannot be ignored. The events in Belarus are also very likely organised by [MI-6].

There is a reason to believe that Tskikhanouskaya was recruited by MI-6 a long time ago. Most likely Turkey will play the role of a main “strike force” and Ukraine will have to provide conditions for its actions.

Disproof

Conspiracy with no evidence given. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine and the West liaise over anti-Russian policy mixed with narratives about foreign interference into the political situation in Belarus and the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

There is no evidence that Turkey, UK, and Ukraine are preparing any anti-Russian actions in the Black sea region or elsewhere. They are sovereign states that are free to decide their foreign policy and conclude treaties. In recent weeks, Ukraine has signed inter-state agreements with the UK and Turkey in a range of fields that must improve bilateral relations. They are not directed against Russia.

New Ukrainian naval bases, if they appear, will serve the interests of NATO

The statement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the intention to build two naval bases “to protect the Black Sea region” speaks of the upcoming de-sovereignisation of Ukraine, its transformation into another NATO branch.

New naval bases, if they appear, will serve the interests not so much of Ukraine itself as of NATO, whose leadership has long sought to gain a foothold in the northern part of the Black Sea.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Ukraine, the aggressive West, NATO encircling Russia and NATO belligerence. This is consistent with the narratives challenging Ukrainian statehood and painting the US and NATO as the puppet-masters of Ukrainian politics.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. Neither the US, nor NATO, control Ukraine. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. Despite NATO having refuted such claims many times, pro Kremlin propaganda systematically states that NATO planned to create military bases on the territory of Ukraine: in Crimea, Donbass, the Sea of Azov. A bilateral treaty between Russia and Ukraine, signed in 2003 and ratified by Russia in 2004, governs the use of the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, which in the treaty are considered to be the “internal waters” of both Russia and Ukraine. A treaty stipulates that agreement from each of the two littoral countries is required for warships from any other country to enter the internal sea.

The United States is interfering in the internal affairs of states friendly to Russia

The United States is interfering in the internal affairs of states friendly to Russia, in particular, this concerns Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe. This is also a recurring disinformation narrative about Belarus and, in general, about protests in post-communist countries: presenting protests, disorders and civil uprisings as  “colour revolutions” directed and funded by the US and the West.

There is no evidence that the US or other foreign forces are involved in any way in the processes in Belarus. The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair. The European Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process.