US Chief of Naval Operations pushing for military confrontation with Russia and China

Summary

America’s Chief of Naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, advocates making the first move against Russian and Chinese ships in areas like the Azov Sea and the South China Sea, which could trigger a nuclear war.

Disproof

Speaking about a "first move", the Admiral's remark was as follows: “This gets back to that question about conceptual agility in terms of what are not only our responses in pushing back but about how we push first in a couple of areas. I think it would be great if we could get folks, Russians, some of these competitors to respond to our first move. There's an advantage every now and then to playing the white side of the board". See the recording of the Atlantic Council event (minute 52:47).

US warmongering and desire for military confrontation are a common pro-Kremlin narrative. Other recent examples can be found here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: United States, China, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Azov sea, Military, Nuclear issues, NATO, Warmongering
  • Outlet: RT Spanish, Sputnik Spanish
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France, USA and UK justified bombarding Syria with amateur images. Moscow has evidence that chemical attack in Douma was fabricated by the intelligence of one of the most Russophobic States. The Western version of the events appears now to be fragile.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on Douma. The new round of disinformation was launched after Intercept published a new article about the Douma attack. The article states: "At least one chemical attack did take place in Douma on April 7, and people died as a result."

RT calls Riam Dalati's Tweet (now the account as set to private, but Sputnik  have provided a screenshot)  "new evidence" that the attack at a hospital in Douma was staged. RT's anchor admits himself in the last seconds of the report: "we don't know what evidence the BBC producer has". A BBC spokesperson said to RT that the views expressed on Twitter are those of Riam Dalati alone.

The US and EU countries will organise a Moldovan “Maidan” in order to remove the President

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Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative that the West is the organiser behind any civil protests and colour revolutions, in this case aiming at undermining Moldova's and Ukraine's EU aspirations.

American and European funds provide assistance to strengthen Moldova and Ukraine's democratic governance and economic growth. These help both countries implement lasting democratic and economic reforms that improve living standards for citizens.

The US is preparing to overthrow the Hungarian government

The United States continues to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and to exert political pressure on their governments. America’s heavy-handed leadership encroaches on the independence of EU member states, particularly Hungary, whose government it seeks to overthrow in a “Venezuelan scenario”.

Disproof

This is a standard narrative found in pro-Kremlin Russian media.

The claims appeared after January 25th 2019, when US Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein, Dick Durbin and Chris Murphy addressed President Donald Trump with a resolution. In their document, the senators condemn the actions of the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, on the matter of human rights. The resolution denounces Hungary’s attempts to undermine the independence of its judiciary, restrict civil society groups, infringe on press freedom, and violate the rights of asylum seekers. When introducing the resolution, Senator Durbin pointed out that Viktor Orban’s government is abandoning the country’s European course and cosying up to Russia. However, the resolution clearly does not call for the overthrow of the Hungarian government.