Disinfo: White Helmets fabricated a video implicating Syrian forces

Summary

The “White Helmets” alongside terrorists have completed filming a fabricated video on the use of toxic substances by Syrian forces.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory painting the White Helmets as terrorists and shifting blame for chemical attacks in Syria away from Damascus.

The claim is made without evidence and follows the pattern of unsubstantiated accusations regarding the White Helmets' complicity in chemical attacks in Syria. The organisation posted no videos or any other information pertaining to chemical attacks in Syria since the emergence of this disinformation narrative, either on Twitter or on Facebook.

For more information about the importance of the White Helmets in pro-Kremlin disinformation regarding the Syrian war, see herehere, and here. See here for more pro-Kremlin disinformation claims about the OPCW.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Syria
  • Keywords: White Helmets, Syrian War
  • Outlet: Sputnik Arabic, al-Mayadeen, Sada al-Dahie, Kol Youm, al-Ahd News, Sahafah Net, Shrouro
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There is an agreement between EU countries and the US to pass the ‘deal of the century’

There is an implicit agreement between all EU countries and the US to pass the ‘deal of the century’ [The US peace plan for Palestine and Israel]

Disproof

An unfounded claim that the EU is somehow secretly supporting the US peace plan for Palestine and Israel while claiming otherwise publicly.

Commenting on the US peace plan, the EU recalled its commitment to a negotiated two-State solution, based on 1967 lines, with equivalent land swaps, as may be agreed between the parties, with the State of Israel and an independent, democratic, contiguous, sovereign and viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace, security and mutual recognition – as set out in the Council Conclusions of July 2014.

Ukraine violates the terms of the deal with Gazprom

The Ukrainian company Naftogaz is filing new lawsuits against the Russian (company) Gazprom. Ukraine was supposed to abandon all far-fetched claims against Gazprom. This is in accordance with the terms of the contract between the companies concluded in December 2019.

Disproof

An unfounded, recurrent, narrative that Naftogaz of Ukraine blackmails Russia. 

The claim of the Ukrainian company Naftogaz against Russia because of lost assets in the Crimea in mentioned, but nothing is against Gazprom. The trial has been going on for several years, and the Permanent Court of Arbitration is in charge of the case. Naftogaz demands compensation of $5 billion from Russia for the loss of assets as a result of the occupation of Crimea. Including interest, this amount has grown to $8 billion. In 2019, the Court found in favour of Naftogaz, concluding that Russia is liable for the unlawful seizure of Naftogaz assets in Crimea under the bilateral investment treaty between Ukraine and Russia. At the moment, the second stage of the arbitration proceedings has begun which will determine the amount of compensation for Naftogaz's losses.

There is no evidence of Russian intelligence activity in Ireland

According to the Times, teams of Russian (GRU) agents have been dispatched to Ireland to map undersea fiber-optic cables, with a view to “cutting communications in time of conflict.” A damning indictment that sounds suspiciously like a spy flick.

From the 1980s Hollywood premise you would almost believe the Russian agents would hoist a red flag atop one of these cables and dance the Troika along the Irish shore, but apparently they didn’t, leaving the Times without evidence of this supposed Russian meddling.

Disproof

This case is an example of Hahaganda, a common tactic in pro-Kremlin disinformation aimed at discrediting an opponent's claims through sarcasm and ridicule.

The article in the Times is based on an assessment of the Irish security services of an operation that took place in 2019, in which Russia intended to use technology to monitor data exchanges on the underseas cables to give Moscow an insight into internet communications. The agents in question were also monitored mapping Dublin Port, resulting in security increases at a number of landing sites around the Irish coastline.