Disinfo: US Deep State drags the world to a war over Ukraine; NATO is criminal and terrorist organisation

Summary

Either Joe Biden manages to impose himself over the Deep State of the military-industrial complex, Big Tech and Big Pharma and de-escalates tensions in Ukraine, or these people, in their madness for losing their hegemony and for the survival of their political, social and economic model, will take Europe, and maybe the world, to war. NATO has become a criminal and terrorist organisation.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about secret elites ruling the world above elected powers - mainly a so-called “Deep State” in the US - about Ukraine and about NATO. In this case, the purpose of these narratives, part of a wider disinformation campaign, is to deflect any Russian responsibility in the escalation of tensions on the Ukrainian border by blaming “dark powers” in the US and NATO for it.

Actually, these tensions are a result of Russia’s military buildup on the Ukrainian border since late October 2021. This includes the deployment of as many as 90,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles. Despite Russian denials, this has been proven by satellite images and intelligence of the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions.

The European Union expressed its deep concern about the current build-up of Russian military forces near the Ukrainian-Russian border. In a statement released by the G7 countries on 12 December 2021, the leaders called on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and abide by its international commitments on transparency of military activities. See also the NATO statement of 16 December.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that NATO is egging Ukraine on a military gamble or that Russian aggression is used as a pretext to station NATO military close to Russia’s borders.

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  • Reported in: Issue 268
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, US, Europe
  • Keywords: Deep state, NATO, War in Ukraine, Big business, Secret elites / global elites

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Lithuania is a cannon fodder for the US

Lithuania is a puppet of the United States. The US is using Vilnius as cannon fodder in international relations. Lithuania is an American tool to destabilise the situation in other countries.

Disproof

A recurring narrative about Lithuania as one of the puppets of the US.

Lithuania is an independent state with its own domestic and foreign policy. Relations between the US and Lithuania are based on friendship and respect. Washington provides broad support to Lithuania after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Lithuania and other Eastern European states are afraid Russian threat will disappear

The Eastern European countries are afraid that Western countries could discuss security with Russia and could provide security guarantees to Moscow. Moscow explained that is concerned due to NATO's actions near the border with Russia. If Alliance reassures Russia about its security, the situation in the region will stabilise and the so-called “Russian threat” will disappear. It is good for Lithuania but Vilnius is afraid that without the “Russian threat” it will not have the support of the US anymore. The Baltic states would need to seek a new master. Russia also will disappear as an excuse for all domestic problems.

Disproof

The narrative presents Lithuania, the Baltic states and other Eastern European countries as Russophobic. The message also downplays Russian threat.

Lithuania, or the Baltic states, prefers stabilisation of the security in the region but, in this case, the broader context of the situation is important. The message is linked to Russia's "wish list" to NATO presented by Moscow on 17 December (read about it more here). Lithuania's minister of defence Arvydas Anušauskas evaluated Moscow's security demands to NATO as an attempt to divide Europe into security spheres.

Berlin put pressure on neighbouring Luxembourg to deny RT's licence

According to reports in the German media earlier this year, Berlin put pressure on neighbouring Luxembourg to deny RT's licence.

Disproof

Accusations of censorship and attacks against freedom of expression are a recurring pro-Kremlin technique to defend the illicit actions of Russia’s state-sponsored disinformation outlets after local authorities adopt measures against them.

The claim is false. An article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung said there had been a meeting between Luxembourg's intelligence agency SREL, the media regulator ALIA, diplomats and their German counterparts about the possible application of a German-language channel by RT to stream from December. But according to government sources from the Grand Duchy, it had contacted the German authorities in order to ensure that an EU directive for audio-visual media was correctly applied. There is no evidence that the German authorities pressured their counterparts in Luxembourg to deny RT’s operation.

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