US funded laboratories in Armenia have a military purpose and…

Summary

US funded laboratories in Armenia have a military purpose and are dangerous for Armenia since biological weapons may be produced there.

Disproof

Reoccuring disinformation. The laboratories are funded by the “Threat Reduction Agency” of the US Department of Defense. One of the aims of the agency created in1991 is prevention of spread of biological weapons and hazards. The agency has been cooperating with Armenian authorities since the year 2000 when the Armenian and US governments signed the Agreement on Cooperation in the Area of Counterproliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.bit.ly/2tnt8oZ,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 73
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/06/2017
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Armenia, US
  • Keywords: Biological weapons
  • Outlet: Interview with protester on armtimes.com
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In 2014, Moldova was forced to sign the free trade…

In 2014, Moldova was forced to sign the free trade agreement without consulting with the citizens, under an enormous pressure of the EU and the US. The agreement has harmed Moldova’s economy.

Disproof

No evidence given. EU-Moldova Association Agreement was signed in 2014, it was ratified also by the Moldovan Parliament. It includes the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area that provides duty-free and quota-free access for almost all Moldovan goods to the EU market. Around two thirds (66%) of Moldova's exports went to the EU in 2016, followed by Russia (12%) and Belarus (5%). EU imports from Moldova increased by 5.5% in 2015 and by 7.7% in 2016. Imports from EU fell by 18 per cent after two years of the Association Agreement compared to the period when Moldova was not an associated partner of EU (2012-2014) – says economist from Expert – Grup, Andrian Lupusor in an interview to RFE: bit.ly/2mvdozn, // This fact is confirmed by a detailed analysis on the consequences of the AA on Moldovan economy: bit.ly/2qWrjlf,

A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb…

A US B-52 bomber accidentally dropped a B-61 nuclear bomb on a town in Lithuania, causing an apartment building to be engulfed in flames, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Disproof

This is a fabricated story. The screenshot that accompanies the claims is fabricated. In Reddit, other users quickly pointed out that it was a fake. Nevertheless, it spread to Lithuanian and Russian sites. Some Lithuanian sites added a warning that it was a fake story when that was evident. Further debunking by the DFRLab bit.ly/2tEIYL0, .