Disinfo: Tit for Tat: Sweden retaliates with accusations of air space violations after Russian fighter intercepts Swedish spy plane

Summary

The Russian Ministry of Defence published a video, demonstrating how a Russian fighter jet intercepts a Swedish spy plane over the Baltic Sea near Kaliningrad. Sweden has answered with accusing, without evidence, Russian military aircraft, of violating its airspace.

Disproof

Incorrect timeline. Sputnik Estonia and other Russian state media outlets describe the Swedish accusations as a retaliation to the Russian video, published January 24. The Swedish Armed Forces published their report (in Swedish) on Russian air space violations the day before, January 23.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 134
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/01/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Estonia, Sweden
  • Keywords: Military
  • Outlet: Sputnik Estonia
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Disproof

The disinformation message was created as a series of inconsistencies, implying a UK government conspiracy behind the Skripal case. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Salisbury poisoning. For more details, see here.

British Police have presented a solid chain of evidence on the Skripal Case, with pictures, connecting the suspects to the locations in the case. Parts of the material have been released to the public.

Skripal took part in producing Trump dossier

Sergei Skripal took part in producing the Trump dossier.

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal's poisoning and US elections. 

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No Evidence of Russians’ Involvement in MH17 Disaster

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Disproof

The investigation is not yet concluded, but in a report, published in May 2018, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) established that the Boeing was shot down by a Russian “Buk” missile launcher from the “53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade of the Russian armed forces.” The same conclusions were drawn by the U.S. State Department and the U.K. Parliament’s Committee on Surveillance and Security. These conclusions were also supported by the independent research group Bellingcat.

The JIT made it clear that there are a dozen suspects. In 2018, Bellingcat established that the two people who, with the great certainty, were involved in the MH17 disaster are the two Russian army high-ranking officers: GRU officer Oleh Ivannikov and General-Colonel Nikolai Tkachev.