Disinfo: A continuation of bad US and NATO policies across Russia’s neighbourhood


The attempt to create hotbeds of trouble and tension in the countries neighbouring Russia, by investing in the technology of “colour revolutions”, and exploiting the real and legitimate pursuit of peoples in their search for freedom and democracy, promoting feelings of anger and using violence and sowing sectarian and ethnic strife, to change political systems and interfere in the internal affairs of countries with Sovereignty, is nothing but a continuation of the bad Western policies pursued by the United States and NATO, seeking hegemony and imposing de facto policies, and unipolar sovereignty.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed colour revolutions, and the NATO as a geopolitical project of the US, allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile anti-Russian agenda.

No evidence is provided to support the mentioned allegations.

NATO is not encircling Russia. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, less than one-sixteenth (1,215 kilometres), is shared with NATO members. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members.

Read the most common fakes about relations between Russia and NATO here.

See several other anti-NATO narratives such as NATO provoking Russia, Eastern European countries are NATO “hostages” (Baltic states, Moldova, Poland) and that NATO has taken a path of aggression.


  • Reported in: Issue 216
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/10/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Democracy, Encircling Russia, Colour revolutions, NATO


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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