Disinfo: US trained in the skies over Norway and Sweden, to attack Russia

Summary

The United States used the airspace of Norway and Sweden to simulate strikes in Russia with B-1B Lancer bombers. According to the Telegram channel “Svarshchiki”, Norway and Sweden made their airspace available for aggressive (offensive) operations against Russia with strategic bombers of the US Air Force B-1B Lancer on May 20, 2020. The United States even petted the head of the complaining Swedish leadership (not part of NATO) because it allowed its country to come into conflict with Russia solely in the interests of the United States (to the detriment of its population, economy and security). Sweden has accompanied strategists with Gripen fighters and Norway with F-35 planes.

Disproof

New adaptation of a recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on western militaries or NATO encircling and trying to attack Russia.

On 20 May 2020, US strategic B-1B bombers were in joint training with Norwegian and Swedish fighter jets, exercising in the airspace over both Norway and Sweden. Two B-1B Lancers from the 28th Bomb Wing in Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, conducted a long-range strategic bomber task force mission to the Nordic region on 20 May 2020. The bombers visited Norwegian airspace, where they integrated and trained with four Norwegian F-35s. For Norway, the U.S. mission provided an important training opportunity. These training exercises were not targeted at Russia, nor were these jets training to target Russia as claimed.

According to the U.S. Air Force, the US regularly deploys bomber aircraft to the European theatre of operations: "The training with joint partners, allied nations and other U.S. Air Force units contributes to the US' ready and postured forces and enables the US to build enduring and strategic relationships." According to the U.S. Air Force these training exercises contribute to enhanced resiliency and interoperability. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe & Air Forces Africa's press release from May 2020 reads "strategic bombers contribute to stability in the European theatre by sending a clear deterrence message to any potential adversary."

Sweden is not a NATO member but is a partner country. In 2014, Sweden signed a host country agreement with NATO allowing for the allied forces to conduct joint training exercises in the country. Read similar cases alleging that The EU is encircling Russia and creating additional conflict zones, NATO exploits non-existent “Russian threat” to increase its presence close to Russian borders and that the US creates and spreads a false image about an “aggressive” Russia constituting a security “threat”.

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  • Reported in: Issue 198
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/05/2020
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Norway, Sweden, US, Russia
  • Keywords: Treaty on Open Skies, Military, Military exercise, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia
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In 1934, Poland and Germany signed a secret protocol about common actions against the USSR

The presented document is also known as the “secret protocol to Hitler-Pilsudski Pact”. It contained the information that the “Polish Government undertook to provide German soldiers with free passage if these troops were called upon to react to provocations from the East or North-East” (meaning, in the situation of armed conflict with the USSR).

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by stating that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany throughout the 1930s. The same article contains another disinformation message about France, Germany and Poland planning to partition the USSR even before Hitler came to power. It is impossible to compare the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934 with the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact as the former was a standard international agreement aimed at the mutual recognition of borders and a declaration that existing political contradictions would be solved through diplomatic tools. There is no evidence that this pact contained any secret protocols, which assumed common aggressive actions of Germany and Poland against the USSR or other countries. Moreover, the pact did not include any agreements on advanced political, economic and military relations between Poland and Germany. Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland such as Poland posed a military threat to the USSR in 1938-1939, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally, if Poland realised a rational policy in 1939, Moscow would have had a different approach towards it and the German-Polish Non-Aggression Pact of 1934 assumed the partition of the USSR. [Note: This disinformation case appeared in the same article as the case "France, Germany and Poland planned to partition the USSR even before Hitler came to power".]

France, Germany and Poland planned to partition the USSR even before Hitler came to power

A classified report from the OGPU (special Soviet state security institution) speaks about the negotiations between the German Chancellor von Papen and French Prime Minister Édouard Herriot. The goal of these talks was to establish a military union between Germany, France and Poland against the USSR. It was before Hitler came to power when the potential allies mentally divided the Soviet Caucasus, Ukraine and even Sakhalin. Poland was supposed to be rewarded with Soviet Ukraine.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the statement that Western countries planned aggressive actions against the USSR. The statement that France, Germany and Poland planned to partition the USSR before Hitler came to power is a clear historical manipulation not confirmed by any available documents. The same article contains another disinformation message about Poland and Germany signing a secret protocol assuming common actions against the USSR. The OGPU was the Soviet secret police (1923-1934) responsible for political repressions and functioning of the Gulag - this organisation was the successor of the "Cheka" and the forerunner of the KGB. The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a mutual decision of two totalitarian regimes (Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR) aimed at the division of Eastern and Central Europe between these two powers. It is a proven fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII. Read similar examples of the Russian historical revisionism concerning this issue such as The signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact thwarted the UK’s expansionist plans in Europe, The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact did not violate the rights of the Polish state, The shift of all blame for WWII outbreak at the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact the best example of manipulation of history. [Note: This disinformation case appeared in the same article as the case "In 1934, Poland and Germany signed a secret protocol about common actions against the USSR".]

Winston Churchill was controlled by the Jews

The man directly responsible for the demise of the British Empire is Winston Churchill. The policies which he pursued before and during WWII were diametrically opposed to the interests of the British people. Churchill acted as he did because he consciously and deliberately served Jewish interests from at least 1938 until the end of the war. Shadowy Jewish benefactors offered to alleviate Churchill’s financial problems with hundreds of thousands of pounds in “loans.” He would repay his new masters by obsessively pursuing the destruction of Germany, regardless of the cost to Britain.

Disproof

The article indulges what is arguably the oldest conspiracy theory in existence: that the Jewish people are an international cabal secretly controlling or poisoning the "elite" strata of human society. See here and here for more examples of pro-Kremlin outlets embracing anti-Semitic myths for disinformation purposes.