Fact Check: NO Evidence The US Is Preparing For A Nuclear War In Europe Or Elsewhere


  • Автор: Nicholas Muller
Fact Check: NO Evidence The US Is Preparing For A Nuclear War In Europe Or Elsewhere No Evidence

Is the United States preparing for a nuclear war in Europe by deploying a guided-missile submarine to the Middle East? No, that's not true: There is no evidence nor has it been reported that the United States is currently preparing for a nuclear war in Europe or elsewhere.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) published on TikTok by the account novosti..2023 on April 11, 2023, with the caption:

The US is preparing nuclear war in Europe.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(TikTok screenshot taken on Mon May 1 10:38:10 2023 UTC)

The video opened with one of Russia's most prominent state television presenters Olga Skabeyeva, stating:

The US is preparing nuclear war in Europe and not only in Europe.

The claim appears in the first 37 seconds of the video, which inaccurately references a recent deployment of a U.S. submarine to the Middle East depicting it as preparation for a nuclear war. There is no element to corroborate this assumption: This is a misrepresentation of what is being reported and there is no indication by the United States or by any reputable media outlet that this has been carried out in preparation for a nuclear war.

The Associated Press reported on April, 8, 2023: "The U.S. Navy has deployed a guided-missile submarine capable of carrying up to 154 Tomahawk missiles to the Middle East, a spokesman said Saturday, in what appeared to be a show of force toward Iran following recent tensions." "U.S.-Iranian tensions," the AP report continues, "have soared since then-President Donald Trump withdrew from a 2015 agreement with world powers that provided sanctions relief in return for Iran curbing its nuclear activities and placing them under enhanced surveillance." The tensions have worsened - it concludes - as Iran has supplied attack drones to Russian forces in Ukraine and Israel and Iran's yearlong shadow war in the Middle East has escalated.

  Nicholas Muller

Nicholas Muller is a fact checker in Russian and Spanish for Lead Stories. He has been covering China’s global Belt and Road initiatives, climate, and migration stories in Asia, and also has several  years reporting from Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asia. He has a double MA degree in Chinese foreign policy and European Affairs from Sciences Po-Paris and Fudan University-Shanghai.

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