Western media campaign supports the preparations of the US and NATO for nuclear war

Summary

There are some Western countries who actively support the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty in information space, Poland as the US lapdog, and some Baltic states. At the same time, many American analysts began discussing the hypothetical nuclear war between Russia, on the one hand, and the US and NATO, on the other. Nuclear war is presented by them as imminent. They calculate how many bombs will be needed for Moscow, Washington, New York, or St. Petersburg. The world is educated about the inevitability of nuclear war. Hence we see media covering the preparation of the US and NATO for a nuclear war. This is very worrisome given the Ukrainian situation, heated by the US.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about belligerent West aiming to conduct aggressive activities against Russia. When it comes to the conspiracy about NATO plans to wage a war against Russia, it was addressed by NATO's official website, which says that "any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd."

Authoritative western media do not run coordinated campaigns and are not dictated by western political powers. A high degree of media freedom in Western countries is reflected in the top ranks that Western countries occupy in respective world rankings including World Press Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders.

See earlier disinformation cases claiming that the EU and US dream about waging a war against Russia from Belarusian territory, that the West always dreams of splitting Russia, and that Russian company Rosneft is an object of a Western defamatory campaign for its successes.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 166
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: WWIII, NATO, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus @ Grani Formata time 00:50 - 03:00, 03:30 - 03:50, 06:24 - 06:35
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Disproof

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