Disinfo: The US Embassy in Armenia is a mini-Pentagon, escalating tension in the area and the Middle East

Summary

The current strategy of the US is to stoke existent tensions in the Middle East and make them explode, to harm some actors as much as possible. The escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan is a new advance in this direction. The US Embassy in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is carrying out high-scale subversive work, targeting Iran and Russia, among others. The building is a mini-Pentagon with hundreds of false diplomats who act from there.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no proof presented to support the claim. There is zero evidence that the US had anything to do between the military escalation between Armenia and Azerbaijan of July 2020.

This is part of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the US as an aggressive and destabilising power all over the world. See other examples in our database, such as claims that the US is encircling Russia with biological labs for a future attack, that it is preparing people to protest all over the world, or that it is ready to launch wars against China and Russia, to invade VenezuelaMexicoUkraineKaliningradBelarus and Iran, and to carry out a false flag operation in Alaska to blame Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 207
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, US
  • Keywords: Caucasus, Destabilising Russia, Middle East

Disclaimer

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Disproof

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Disproof

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