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With the Skripal case UK aims to talk up the Russian threat and justify more troops in the Baltics, where the far right is busy rewriting history

Summary of Disinformation

With the Skripal case UK aims to talk up the Russian threat and justify more troops in the Eastern Europe and Baltics, where the far right is busy rewriting history.

Disproof

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media, the only connecting thread being to confuse their audience and exclude any possibility of Russian involvement https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

The nerve agent has been identified as Novichok (which means newcomer in Russian). It is known to be more powerful than VX and was developed in Russia in the 1970s and 1980s https://www.voanews.com/a/british-prime-minister-russia-poisoning-spy/4294683.html It's so unusual, that very few scientists outside of Russia have any real experience in dealing with it and no country outside of Russia is known to have developed the substance https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/13/europe/what-is-novichok-nerve-agent-intl/index.html, https://theconversation.com/what-we-know-about-novichok-the-newby-nerve-agents-linked-to-russia-93264

In its statement, the European Union expressed shock at the offensive use of any military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, for the first time on European soil in over 70 years. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/19/statement-by-the-foreign-affairs-council-on-the-salisbury-attack/

Furthermore, the Enhanced Forward Presence in the Baltic's came about due to Russia's illegal and aggressive military actions against its neighbours https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_133169.htm. No evidence is given for the statement about the far right rewriting history in the Baltic's, but pro-Kremlin disinformation often uses historical revisionism https://euvsdisinfo.eu/?s=historical+revisionism

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Reported in: Issue 102
Date: 18.03.2018
Language: Russian
Country of Origin: UK, Russia, Baltic states
Reported by: East Stratcom
Keywords: Sergei Skripal, Warmongering
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Itogi Nedeli @NTV, 48:45
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