Disinfo: US charged Russia based on inconclusive evidence on Skripals’ poisoning

Summary

Although London did not provide conclusive evidence of Skripals’ poisoning in 2018, this did not prevent Washington from directing charges against Moscow.

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury claiming that the United Kingdom was never able to provide "conclusive" evidence of the Skripal being poisoned nor of Russia’s involvement. Moscow's involvement in the poisoning has been proven via a thorough investigation. The 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. The evidence was sufficient to charge two Russian nationals, Anatoliy Chepiga and Aleksandr Mishkin with the attack on the Skripals, both Russian military intelligence operatives from the GRU, who travelled to the UK using fake names and documents. Following this attack, the United Kingdom notified the OPCW, invited them to confirm the identity of the substance involved, and briefed members of the Security Council. The OPCW’s independent expert laboratories confirmed the UK’s identification of the Russian produced Novichok nerve agent, specifically the purity of the toxin while emphasising that the OPCW team “worked independently and was not involved in the national investigation by the UK authorities. No State Party was involved in the technical work carried out by the Technical Secretariat," to ensure the integrity of the examinations and investigations. According to the UK intelligence assessment, based on open-source analysis and intelligence information, in the past decade, Russia has produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichok agents, long after it signed the Chemical Weapons Convention. Novichok was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s. It is so unusual, that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance. See reports here and here. See similar cases claiming that there was no evidence of Russia's involvement in the poisoning of Skripals and that Russia is accused of US election meddling and the Skripals’ poisoning without proof.

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Navalny poisoning: The West needed a pretext to open sanctions against Russia

It is not possible to openly impose sanctions in response to the Russian-Belarusian rapprochement, it is too rough and strained. Thus, there was a need for a pretext that was sufficiently weighty to take measures of pressure. The perfect pretext is the poisoning of Navalny, which miraculously took place at the most appropriate moment. Navalny’s personality has become the trigger of sanctions pressure, and his fate is a direct signal to Moscow. It is not a coincidence that the German foreign Ministry issued a statement that the development of the situation with Navalny directly depends on Moscow’s actions. Pressure on Moscow is being exerted by the united front of the leaders of Germany, France, and the United States, primarily by the leadership of the democratic party and its “deep state”.

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An unfounded conspiracy theory, suggesting western powers stand behind the attack on Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. A prominent Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Since then he has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital. The German federal government said that toxicological tests provided “unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group” in the blood samples of Alexei Navalny. The European Union condemned poisoning of Alexei Navalny in the strongest possible terms. See related disinformation cases alleging that the US hopes that the Navalny case will lead to cancellation of Nord Stream 2; that the US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19; that the West has interest in death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia.

Germany lies about Navalny's poisoning, it is a pretext to new sanctions against Russia

Professionals are also not silent. They bluntly say that the clinical picture of poisoning is different, “the Novichok” family, in principle, does not exist, and Berlin stubbornly refuses to cooperate and provide information that would at least somehow verify the statements it made. In general, the Federal Republic of Germany voiced a lie that was obvious to absolutely everyone, without even bothering to give it the appearance of plausibility. It raises an important question: why was it done this way? After all, it was possible to act somehow more gracefully. The answer lies on the surface: new sanctions are coming.

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Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Aleksei Navalny's poisoning with multiple repeating claims: that the results of the medical investigation are manipulated, that there is a special operation against Russia to launch new sanctions, and that Germany does not share information with Russia on Navalny's health and investigation results. On September 2, the government of Germany stated that after a careful investigation it was established that Aleksei Navalny was poisoned by a substance from the Novichok group. The official statement reads:

"On behalf of the Charité University Medical Complex (Berlin), a specialised laboratory of the Bundeswehr carried out a toxicological analysis of samples taken from Aleksey Navalny. The analysis provided irrefutable evidence of the use of a nerve agent from the Novichok group. On August 22, Aleksey Navalny was taken to Germany by plane for treatment with symptoms of poisoning."

Members of the German Parliament told the press that the traces of Novichok were found in Navalny's blood, skin, and urine informs Der Spiegel. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Germany informed the Russian ambassador to Germany, the EU and NATO, on the results of the investigation. Germany also informs Russia via diplomatic channels on the progress of the investigation. Read similar disinformation messages alleging that the West has an interest in the death of Navalny to launch a new wave of sanctions against Russia, that only traces of alcohol and caffeine were found in Navalny's blood, that the West will falsely accuse Russia of poisoning Navalny, as with Skripal and Litvinenko or that US used Navalny case to block Russian vaccine against COVID-19.

The Munich agreement started World War II

In Poland, more and more often true (historical) memory and sorrow are replaced by farce. How can one explain the annexation of the Czechoslovak lands by Poland immediately after the “Munich Agreement”, which gave the “green light” to implement the aggressive plans of Nazi Germany?

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This is a pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about WWII and the Munich Agreement. The Munich Agreement (signed 30 September 1938), did indeed permit German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. But World War II began in Europe on September 1 1939, after the signature of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, when Hitlerattacked Poland. Soviet troops entered the territory on September 17 of the same year. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September, creating an anti-Hitler coalition together with the expelled Polish government and other countries. Before this, from May 1939 until August 1939, the UK, France, Poland and the USSR were trying to find a compromise to create a coalition during the so-called Moscow Negotiations. Poland categorically refused to let the Red Army into its territory, fearing Soviet occupation. The USSR started in parallel negotiations with Germany and on 23 August 1939, signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop (Stalin-Hitler) pact, in which the Soviet Union and Germany divided their "spheres of interests" in Europe: the division of Poland, the Baltic countries, Finland, and Romania were agreed. Read a similar case that The Munich conspiracy of European powers launched WWII.