DISINFO: THE US MIGHT BE DEVELOPING BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS IN GEORGIA
SUMMARY
The US is trying to increase its “biological presence” outside of its territory, including in former Soviet republics. Moscow has information that Washington offered Georgia the opportunity to extend the scope of biological research projects in a US-owned lab in the country, which is called the Lugar laboratory. It is possible the US is researching materials causing dangerous diseases.

DISPROOF
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the Tbilisi-based Lugar Lab.

The Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research is a facility of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC)(opens in a new tab), which became operational in August 2013. The Lugar centre is a top-tiered institution in NCDC’s laboratory network and serves as a reference laboratory for Georgia’s public health system. In no case has this laboratory designed, redesigned or built biological weapons, though this is a trope in Russian media.

Read more about the Lugar lab on Myth Detector(opens in a new tab).
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BALTIC COUNTRIES ARE PREPARING FOR WAR DURING THE PANDEMIC
The Baltic countries are preparing for war during the pandemic. Even in conditions of emergency and quarantine, the armed forces of the Baltic countries are not ready to give up large-scale exercises. The civilians are unhappy with this – the situation, according to civilians, is not very good for the rattling of weapons.

APRIL 24, 2020
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West/ NATO threatening or encircling Russia(opens in a new tab) and the US-led military exercise "Defender-Europe 2020". The disinformation message aims to present the Baltic States as militaristic and their armed forces as lacking the support of civilian population.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many joint military exercises have been cancelled.

NATO DECIDED THAT THE FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS SHOULD BE AN INFORMATION WAR
Instead of dealing with the coronavirus, NATO will fight fake news about it. NATO decided that the fight against coronavirus should be an information war. Apparently, by this logic, this virus should be scared and leave. The Alliance does not intend to undertake anything else and solve real problems.

APRIL 23, 2020
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about NATO and the coronavirus.

NATO is providing help worldwide during the pandemic. While NATO does not have stockpiles of medical supplies, its coordination centre can help with heavy transport, logistics and by matching donors with recipients. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, eleven countries have asked the NATO centre for help. Among others, the centre has facilitated the delivery of disinfectants from Ukraine, ventilators from Germany, protection equipment from Turkey and respirators from the Czech Republic. A shipment of thousands of surgical masks from Estonia to Italy and Spain is expected in the coming days.

BRUSSELS CANNOT OFFER ANY CENTRALISED PLAN ON QUARANTINE RECOVERY
The end of quarantine in Europe exposed a new problem: Brussels is confused and cannot offer any centralised plan. There are no exact dates or detailed instructions in the so-called “roadmap” presented by the European Commission.

APRIL 23, 2020
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This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU's alleged imminent collapse.

One of the main pro-Kremlin narratives relating to the pandemic is that the EU is failing to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and, as a result, is disintegrating, together with the border-free Schengen area. This narrative also aims to pit EU member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity: another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic.