When Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland was asked in the Senate this month about whether Ukraine possessed biological weapons, she said the country’s labs had materials that could be dangerous s they fell into the hands of the Russians. Jack Posobiec, a far-right commentator, hinted in his March 9 podcast that Ms Nuland’s response bolstered the conspiracy theory.
“Everyone needs to come clean about what was going on in these labs, because I guarantee you the Russians are about to put everything on the world stage,” said Posobiec, who did not respond to calls asking comments.
Russian officials also latched onto Ms Nuland’s comments. ‘Nervous backlash confirms Russia’s allegations are true’, country’s official account for Foreign Ministry job on Twitter.
Beyond the bioweapons conspiracy theory, Joseph Jordan, a white nationalist podcaster who goes by the pseudonym Eric Striker, repeated Russia’s claim that a pregnant woman injured in the bombing against a Ukrainian maternity hospital had faked his injuries. On his Telegram channel, Mr Jordan told his 15,000 followers that the hospital photos had been “staged”. He did not respond to a request for comment.
Some Russians have publicly commented on what appears to be common ground with far-right Americans. Last week, on the Russian state-backed news program 60 Minutes, which is unrelated to the CBS show of the same name, host Olga Skabeeva spoke about strengthening the country’s ties to Mr. Carlson.
“Our acquaintance, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, obviously has his own interests,” she noted, playing several clips from Mr Carlson’s show where he suggested the United States had pushed for the conflict in Ukraine. “But lately, more and more often, they are in tune with ours.”