After the Maidan, Crimea was supposed to become a NATO or US naval base

Summary

Americans had stirred up the colour revolution in Ukraine. After the victory of the Maidan, Crimea was supposed to become either a NATO or an American naval base.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Euromaidan  and encircled Russia.

Euromaidan was a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. More cases on this topic here.

The alleged encroachments of NATO countries on the Ukrainian peninsula are among the most common disinformation narratives, to justify the illegal annexation of Crimea.

The NATO expansion is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. NATO does not "expand" in the imperialistic sense described by the Kremlin leadership and Russian state media, but instead considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join the defensive alliance of their own national will. NATO enlargement is not directed against Russia.

The claim that NATO was planning to base ships and missiles in Crimea is fiction. The idea has never been proposed, suggested or discussed within NATO. In the Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Crimea on 18 March 2019, NATO condemned Russia's ongoing and wide-ranging military build-up in Crimea, and expressed concern by Russia's efforts and stated plans for a further military build-up in the Black Sea region.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 162
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: US, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, NATO, Euromaidan, Crimea
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Disproof

Clear misrepresentation of quotes made by the French President during the annual French ambassadors' conference.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Russia as being encircled by enemies.

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