Has Putin already decided to attack NATO?

Putin seems to have settled on a false narrative about biolabs to justify attacks on Ukraine and NATO.
  • 2005: The US Department of Defense and the Ministry of Health in Ukraine signed an agreement to cooperate around the “prevention of the proliferation of technology, pathogens, and expertise that could be used in the development of biological weapons.” This was aimed in part at securing relic facilities from the USSR, and was negotiated by then-Senators Barack Obama and Richard Lugar.
  • 2009: Russian state propaganda (TASS) alleges that labs started to be built in Ukraine which led to “mysterious illnesses.”
  • 2017: Alleged “hacker group” Cyberberkut “says US biological labs active in Ukraine,” according to Russian state media, TASS. “Recently, outbreaks of diseases rare for our country have been actively discussed on the web. Many Ukrainians believe that they were caused by secret experiments with pathogenic microorganisms, held in US biological labs in various cities of our country. A total of 15 such facilities, financed by the US, have been built in our country since 2009 with an alleged purpose of reducing biological threats.”
  • January 2018: Bulgarian journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva released a report called “The Pentagon Bio-Weapons” broadly justifying Russian occupation of Ukraine. Her network of contacts is tied to Kremlin favorite Konstantin Malofeev as well as Aleksandr Dugin.
  • April 2021: Newsweek, a media outlet linked to the Moon cult and which platforms Russia propagandist Jack Posobiec, ran a story with the headline “Vladimir Putin’s Adviser Says U.S. Is Developing Biological Weapons Near Russia.” The “adviser” in question was Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, and considered to be a likely successor to Putin himself.
  • August 2021: Chinese state media alleges improprieties at Maryland US Army site Ft. Detrick pertaining to development of bioweapons.
  • February-March 2022: Russian state media begins to assert that troops are finding active evidence of US bioweapon development activity in Ukraine. This evidence seems to be circumstantial at best, but it has been heavily amplified primarily by people like Posobiec, Tucker Carlson, Glenn Greenwald, and other Russian state and Russia-aligned media outlets.
  • March 10, 2022: Chinese state media increases its amplification of the Ukraine biolabs narrative. From the New York Times: “Now that Russia has made these false claims, and China has seemingly endorsed this propaganda, we should all be on the lookout for Russia to possibly use chemical or biological weapons in Ukraine, or to create a false flag operation using them,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday evening. “It’s a clear pattern.”

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