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On January 20, the U.S. Department of State released a fact sheet under the title Fact vs. Fiction: Russian Disinformation on Ukraine. The document is aimed at unveiling the alleged Russia’s propaganda campaign over Ukraine.
In fact, this sheet is nothing more but a short list of some claims expressed by Russian top leaders relating to the risk of escalation of the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine. The quotes largely reflect Moscow’s official position, which explicitly states the discontent with the continued expansion of NATO.
In response to the allegedly false quotes of the Russian leadership, the State Department cites the same old facts that are steadily repeated by mainstream media, starting from the already distant ‘invasion’ of Crimea and ending with the recent alleged deployment of Russian troops on Russia’s western borders.
The document clearly represents the discourses applied by the two sides at the official level. Washington simply ignores any international norms and attempts to expose the official position of the opposing country, which is consistently and openly stated at all negotiating platforms, as propaganda.
Anyone who has the opportunity to sensibly listen not only Biden’s speeches, but also the Putin’s ones, will not find any specific facts of disinformation in the document. But surely he will see the facts of Washington’s outright lies.
It is surprising that, quoting Russian President Vladimir Putin, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Ryabkov or Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the State Department refers to specialized Russian military and intelligence units that are allegedly “engaged in information confrontation targeting Ukraine”, and which were figured out by joint efforts by the Department of State and all other U.S. agencies.
Considering the sources cited by the State Department, VOA, BBC, Jerusalem Post are the Kremlin intelligence structures that spread lies and propaganda attempting to paint Ukraine and Ukrainian government officials as the aggressor?!
The words “Russian propaganda” seem to be Washington’s tool aimed at turning its official statements into art opuses, as according to the modern style of the US state fiction, any story should include the “terrible Russian propaganda” created by specially trained Russian intelligence officers and hackers who work day and night in classified military bunkers. Otherwise, no one is interested in reading these fairy tales.
The document includes passages full of lies.
For example, the Moscow’s claim that the redeployment of the Russian armed forces on Russian territory is the redeployment of the Russian armed forces on Russian territory is declared a fake.
“This is a masterpiece.”- spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Zakharova commented on the issue.
According to the State Department, there is no encirclement of Russia by NATO military bases, and no one promised not to expand NATO to the east. To prove that US diplomats demonstrated their brilliant knowledge in geography, notifying that out of 20 thousand km of the Russian land border, only 1.2 thousand km falls on the border with NATO member states. Sure, there is no encirclement if you can get out of it. The State Department has safely forgotten about Stoltenberg’s recent statements that the issue of Ukraine and Georgia’s inclusion in NATO is a closed issue.
Another interesting thesis claimed by the State Department is that “there are no reliable reports that any ethnic Russians or Russian-speakers are being threatened by the government of Ukraine.”
In this regard, Zakharova recalled the personal appeal of the Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Avakov to the journalist of one of the main TV channels of Ukraine Roman Naumov in 2014:
“So that’s it, Moskal! I will give my guys a task to find you in Moscow and blow your brains out, as we blow out the same freaks in the Luhansk region. Pass it … to your TV channel that you, Russians, are finished … Don’t go into Ukraine, scum!” Obscene words were intentionally omitted by the media.
It is no secret to anyone that a powerful and extensive network of various nationalist extremist organizations and groups has been operating on the territory of Ukraine for a long time. For no one except the US State Department, which forgot to mention in its message the punitive detachments as “Azov”, anti-Russian organizations as “Right Sector” and the imposed national cult of the main Ukrainian nationalist Bandera etc.
At the same time, according to the United States, the Russian authorities actively oppress national minorities in Crimea. Where only after the transition to Russia, the Crimean Tatar language received the status of a national one, along with Russian and Ukrainian. Where many Crimean Tatars were able to get much more rights, including legalizing housing, only in 2014. Where today law enforcement forces regularly reveal cells of various extremist organizations and prevent attempts of terrorist acts carried out by the hands of Crimean Tatars, while the Kiev regime uses them as its puppets trying to destabilize the situation in the region.
The fact sheet was published on the eve of the meeting of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on January 21.
On the same day, on January 20, Blinken made a direct appeal to the Russian people to oppose any intervention.
“You deserve to live with security and dignity, … But what really risks your security is a pointless war with your neighbors in Ukraine, with all the costs that come with it — most of all, for the young people who will risk or even give their lives to it. … At a time when COVID is running throughout the planet, we have a climate crisis, we need to rebuild the global economy, all of which demand so much of our attention and resources, is this really what you need – a violent conflict that will likely drag on? Would that actually make your lives more secure, more prosperous, more full of opportunity?” he said.
Such a call on the youth is a classic method of military propaganda, which was used in the WWI and was actively exploited as one of the main logics by the Third Reich in the WWII.
The bloody war in the East of Ukraine has been going on for eight years, so why had not the peace-loving Blinken ever call on Ukrainian soldiers to move away from the borders of the LPR and the DPR and start fighting global climate change? It seems that he was too busy calculating the billions of dollars that the United States allocates for the weapons supply to the Kiev regime. In such a case, it is impossible to be distracted on peaceful appeals, because the funds are growing too fast.
Unfortunately, amid attempts by Moscow and the Washington-led West to find any common ground for building some dialogue, and pessimistic forecasts for these diplomatic efforts, Washington’s next attack, in which it openly accuses the top leadership of the state, with which it is negotiating, of lying, is not constructive at all. Apparently, Washington forces are still weaker in term of information warfare than the “terrible Russian propaganda”. As for their military forces, the sides will have to match strength with each other very soon.
In our turn, the SF Team would like to address the U.S. Department of State.
Since the State Department claims about some conspiracy organizations that promote Russian propaganda, then they apparently include SouthFront, which was officially labeled by the Department of State as the main pillar of the Russian disinformation ecosystem. In this case, we would ask the State Department to financially support our activities. As the Russians refuse to do this for some reason, and in the event of the termination of our broadcasting, the smart guys from the White House will lose the ground for their intellectualizing.
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