Disinfo: US Intelligence claims Putin is getting ready to invade Georgia

Summary

US intelligence services stated that Putin is getting ready for military intervention in Georgia. According to Mike Rogers, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Putin is deploying the most modern military technique in South Ossetia.

Disproof

Mike Rogers's interview is 5-years old. In 2014, he talked about the deployment of Russian military technique in South Ossetia to Fox News in the context of Ukraine and regional security. This interview was published by several Georgian outlets then went viral on Facebook amid the ongoing anti-occupation protests in Georgia, thus attempting to sow the threat of war in public. This is an example of a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other states as externally-funded "colour revolutions" or geopolitical engineering, used for example in reference to Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus and Venezuela. It is also consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its imperialistic global role.

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  • Reported in: Issue 157
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/07/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Russia
  • Keywords: Russo-Georgian War
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Disinfo: British Round Table Movement has infiltrated America

While there has been a long-standing narrative promoted for over 70 years that the British Empire disappeared after World War II having been replaced by the “American Empire”, it is the furthest thing from the truth. Henry Kissinger’s takeover of the State Department ushered in a new era of British occupation of American foreign policy, whereby the republic increasingly became the “Dumb Giant” acting as “American Brawn for the British brains” using Churchill’s words. The policy of Anglo-Saxon imperialism had been promoted subversively by British-run think tanks known as the Round Table Movement and Fabian Society, and the seeds had already been laid for the anti-Russian cold war by those British-run American fascists. While a nihilistic generation of youth were tuning in on LSD, and an old guard of patriots surrounding Wallace and Kennedy had fallen to the “red scare” witch hunt, geopolitical theory was fed like a sweet poison down the throat of a sleeping nation, replacing a policy of peace and “win-win cooperation” with an imperial clone masquerading as a republic.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence. A pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative linking Britain and Russophobia. This message is consistent with a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative that the “deep state” and “shadow government” control the work of democratic institutions in the United States. Here are some other examples of this narrative: “Deep state” fighting with Trump (here and here); “Deep state” shaping the US foreign policy (here).

No reputable political scientists and researchers confirm the existence of a “deep state” in the United States.

Disinfo: Russia’s 9M729 missile does not violate the INF Treaty

Russia’s 9M729 missile does not violate the INF Treaty. This missile was not developed nor tested with a range superior to that established by the INF Treaty. The US has never produced any proof that the missile violated the INF Treaty.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Russia’s 9M729 missile does not violate the INF Treaty, that the US is fully responsible for the demise of the Treaty, and that Russia is interested in dialogue about the Treaty but the US is not. The INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, signed in 1987, prohibits the US and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5500 kilometers. In July 2014 the then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty. In March 2017, a senior US military official accused Russia of deploying the new missile, which posed a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility. The US has gathered detailed information on Russia’s flight-testing of the 9M792 missile to distances well over 500 kilometers. The US has provided Moscow with substantial information about the 9M729’s violations, including geographic coordinates and dates for the tests, but Russia continues to deny any wrongdoing. The US has spent almost six years in dialogues with Russia to try to resolve Russia’s non-compliance, raising the issue in numerous meetings, including at the highest levels as well as in meetings of technical experts. However, Russia consistently refused to address US and NATO concerns. See here for more background information. .

Disinfo: Eastern Partnership aimed at weakening Russia's geopolitical influence

Despite the outwardly “reassuring” mood of European diplomats, the Eastern Partnership program, according to many experts, was from the very beginning aimed at weakening Russia’s geopolitical influence in Eastern Europe as well as at creating alternative energy supply routes for Europe.

Disproof

The Eastern Partnership programme is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation. Similar cases are available here and here. The Eastern Partnership programme is not directed against any country, including Russia. It is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union, its member states and six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Within this framework, guiding the EU's relations with its neighbours is the EU’s Global Strategy and the European Neighbourhood Policy, which calls for the need to focus on increasing the stabilisation and resilience of the EU's Eastern neighbours. See here for more information about EaP's objectives and a joint commitment to deliver tangible results for citizens across the region. Read more about the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative here.