When Victoria Nuland, an undersecretary of state, was questioned in the Senate this month about whether Ukraine had biological weapons, she said the country’s laboratories had materials that could be dangerous if they fall into Russian hands. Jack Posobiec, a far-right commentator, insinuated on his March 9 podcast that Ms. Nuland’s response reinforced the conspiracy theory.
“Everyone has to be clear about what was going on in those labs, because I guarantee you that the Russians are about to bring this to the world stage,” said Posobiec, who did not return calls seeking comment.
Russian officials also latched onto Ms. Nuland’s comments. “The nervous reaction confirms that Russia’s accusations are well founded”, the country’s official report for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published on Twitter.
Beyond the biological weapons conspiracy theory, Joseph Jordan, a white nationalist podcaster who goes by the pseudonym of Eric Striker, repeated Russia’s claim that a pregnant woman who was injured in a hospital bombing for the Ukrainian maternity leave had simulated her 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 not connected to the CBS show of the same name, the host, Olga Skabeeva, spoke about strengthening the country’s ties with Mr. Carlson.
“Our acquaintance, Fox News host Tucker Carlson, obviously has his interests,” he said. She said, airing several clips from Mr. Carlson’s show in which he suggested that the United States pushed for the conflict in Ukraine. “But lately, more and more often, they are in tune with ours”.