Disinfo: The West is trying to sow discord in the Commonwealth of Independent States

Summary

It is impossible not to see that in recent years blatant interference from the outside in the internal political processes of the sovereign member states of the Commonwealth, including elections, is getting more intense. These actions of certain Western circles should be regarded as attempts to sow discord in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about belligerent West trying to encircle Russia, to separate post-Soviet (CIS) countries and isolate Russia.

The relations of the West and CIS countries are based on mutual consent, bilateral interests and benefits. Moreover, they are not directed against third parties. For example, the Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative that aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU) and its six Eastern neighbours, including four CIS member states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, as well as with Ukraine and Georgia.

The Eastern Partnership initiative is not against any country; it is a mutually beneficial and constructive platform for countries in the region to build a closer relationship with the EU if they choose to do so. The EU does not demand any of its partners to make a choice between the EU or any other country.

The EU recognises the strategic importance of Central Asia, which links the huge Asian continent with Europe. As the EU is working to make relations with Central Asia stronger and deeper, the European Union’s engagement with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan has developed significantly since the countries' independence following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The EU does not impose any action or programme on the partner countries. The overall aim of the cooperation is to build a common area of shared democracy, prosperity and stability in line with each individual country's aspirations and wishes. Involvement in the EU initiatives does not exclude membership in the Eurasian Economic Union, CIS or CSTO. The EU is a supporter of regional integration in all areas of the world.

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  • Reported in: Issue 245
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine
  • Keywords: West, CIS, Eastern Partnership, Central Asia, Encircling Russia
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Disinfo: Ukraine is moving from external control to full submission to the interests of the United States

Ukraine is moving from external control to full submission to the interests of the United States.

Apparently, Ukraine is moving from external control to complete subordination to the interests of the United States, and more specifically the Biden family, its commercial interest is more than understandable in a weak-willed, powerless country.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine being under "external control." See similar cases here claiming that Ukraine is a colony, governed by a puppet regime, and here a claim about how Ukraine "sold its self to external control".

The statement refers to the visit, on May 6, 2021, to Kyiv of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Victoria Nuland, the under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, who met with the Ukrainian President and other officials.

Disinfo: Ukraine turned itself into training ground for Western intelligence services led by Americans

No Russian weapons threaten Ukraine. Ukraine is its own problem. The Kyiv regime has turned its country into a training ground where Western intelligence services and saboteurs, led by the Americans, are practising dangerous technologies that primarily harm the Ukrainian people. Last spring, the US Embassy in Ukraine officially recognised that American biological laboratories were located on the territory of the country for experiments with viruses. "Scientists in uniform," supervised by the Pentagon, are studying there clearly not an acute respiratory infection.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative advancing unfounded claims about clandestine US laboratories in the post-Soviet countries. See also here.

Russian media are continuously spreading disinformation about "15 secret military biological laboratories in Ukraine". In fact, there are no secret US laboratories in the country. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Biological Threat Reduction Program collaborates with partner countries to counter the threat of outbreaks (deliberate, accidental, or natural) of the world’s most dangerous infectious diseases.

Disinfo: The US is developing biological weapons in biolaboratories near the Russian borders

The number of biological laboratories controlled by the US is growing all over the world, especially near the borders of Russia and China.

Lethally dangerous microorganisms could be released into the environment “as if by mistake”, leading to a massive destruction of the civilian population of both bordering states and the population of Russia.

The US is developing individual biological research plans for many countries. Research is based on national needs "primarily for military purposes”. This activity is being implemented through the "rigid imposition" of the programmes “Global Partnership for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction”, “Joint Biological Commitments” and “Joint Threat Reduction”.

Moscow has serious questions concerning the military-biological activity of the US near the Russian borders and considers the activities of the US in the Lugar biological lab in Georgia to be contrary to the Biological Weapons Convention.

The activities of the Lugar lab in Georgia pose a real threat to life and health not only for the population of South Ossetia and Georgia, but to the countries of the entire South Caucasus.

Humankind can create and selectively use biological pathogens that can purposefully destroy groups of people both by their ethnicity and gender. For this, it is necessary to investigate these regions on the spot. This is why biological laboratories began to "grow" so quickly. Publicly, the Pentagon tried to highlight the importance of these laboratories as providing first aid in the event of the spread of infectious diseases, which makes it seem that the goals of the labs are quite peaceful, but in fact, secret programmes have a very cruel purpose.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation alleging that the United States develops biological weapons and has secret biological laboratories around the world. Consistent with the Pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against biological laboratories, specifically the Lugar Center in Georgia, which is a recurrent target of these disinformation narratives. The disinformation about US biolabs in countries bordering Russia aiming to encircle Moscow and spread infectious diseases is a part of a years-long disinformation campaign led by the Kremlin. In fact, biological laboratories are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism.

The article does not present any evidence that supports the claim that the US is secretly developing biological weapons in laboratories around the world, thus making unfounded accusations. Russia claims that the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research in Georgia, a public health facility named after US Senator Richard Lugar, is one such lab, but has never presented evidence to support its allegations. International experts visited the facility in 2018 to examine the premises, interview employees and review documents but found nothing suspicious.