Disinfo: US controlling the intelligence services of Germany and other countries

Summary

The US is controlling the intelligence services of Germany and other countries. It uses Austrian spy scandal to weaken the relations between Russia and EU. Next US’ targets would be Hungary and Italy. British security services are behind the Russian-Austrian spy row. It is the continuation of the Skripal case.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about alleged US conspiracy and Skripal's poisoning. A senior Austrian military officer is believed to have spied for Moscow for decades, Vienna said on Friday. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday that the suspected espionage case had been uncovered and handed over to prosecutors.

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  • Reported in: Issue 125
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/11/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Austria, UK, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Conspiracy theory
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Ukraine is governed by a regime that seized power in a bloody coup

Ukraine is governed by a regime that seized power in a bloody coup. Euromaidan would have not happened if people knew what will they will have to face: that the country will disintegrate, economy will collapse, civil war will break out, corruption will flourish…

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine's statehood and Ukrainian nation. https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B0%5D=77158&date=&offset=10 There was no coup in Ukraine in 2014. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and continues to condemn this violation of international law, and that Russia’s illegal actions remain a direct challenge to international security, with grave implications for the international legal order that protects the unity and sovereignty of all States. It was Russia that provoked a war in East of Ukraine, and it is not a civil war. The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has stated that “the information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government https://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/otp/161114-otp-rep-PE_ENG.pdf Regarding Ukraine’s economy and corruption: Ukraine's economy has continued the recovery started in 2016, following the recession of 2014-2015. GDP grew by 2.5% in 2017 and is projected to grow by 3.5% in 2018. Ukraine has made significant progress in consolidating public finances, notably by reducing the fiscal deficit from 4.5% GDP in 2014 to 1.4% in 2017. Inflation has decreased substantially since 2015, down to 13.7% in 2017 and 8.9% by July 2018. According to the World Bank's Doing Business survey, Ukraine ranks 76th in 2018, which is an improvement from 80th in 2017, and 142nd in 2010, the EU’s Association Implementation Report says. https://cdn3-eeas.fpfis.tech.ec.europa.eu/cdn/farfuture/aZnrbQ70ZJtiXaRXV69qTtPI-d-gbCzZxpirQUpU6EY/mtime:1541749617/sites/eeas/files/2018_association_implementation_report_on_ukraine.pdf The report notes the slower pace of reforms in the areas of the judiciary and anti-corruption measures.

Poroshenko dismissed and ignored in Paris

Poroshenko was invited at the last moment to the Paris commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. His plane was parked far away from other leaders’ airplanes at the Charles de Gaulle airport, and US president Donald Trump refused to shake Poroshenko’s hand.

Disproof

No evidence given, TV show uses misleading footage to justify false messages. The Ukrainian president was invited to Paris at the same time as all the other delegations. The TV show refers to a tweet by spokesperson of the Ukrainian president Svyatoslav Tsegolko to make the claim about the last minute invitation, but there is no such tweet.

The Ukrainian airplane was parked where there was room at the airport, next to the Boeing 747 of the Qatar Emir. The image shown in the program is zoomed in to not to show the surrounding aircrafts.

Revelation of espionage in Austria: a move aimed at spoiling Russia's relations with Austria

Revelation of Russian espionage in Austria is a move aimed at spoiling Russia’s relations with Austria.

Disproof

The news about an ongoing investigation into the case was revealed by Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz himself at a press briefing in Vienna. The Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek said that the spying case came to light a "few weeks ago" with help from another European intelligence agency.