Italy was completely unprepared for the coronavirus crisis. The terrible consequences of constant cuts in the health budget made by Italy’s left-wing governments over the years became clear when the coronavirus epidemic exploded, and Italy urgently needed not only advanced medical equipment, such as ventilators, but also simpler products such as face masks or simply beds in hospitals. It also became clear that the values of the Germany-dominated EU are not the values of the Italian people, and that the EU’s economic recipes have been lethal for Italy.
NATO proved its uselessness in fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Non-western countries seemingly counteract the epidemic much better then Western ones. Aligning efforts with Russia is necessary to save human lives and to prove that NATO’s existence makes sense. The coronavirus outbreak deprives the Baltic states of Western support. As Russia ceases to be NATO’s foe and this role is given to Islamic terrorism, coronavirus, etc. then rich Western countries do not have reasons to provide economic assistance to the Baltic states anymore. No “Russian threat” means the Baltic states do not exist for the West. Hence, due to the coronavirus outbreak the West forgot both about the so called Russian threat and the Baltic states.
This claim exploits the coronavirus pandemic to push a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western bodies and organisations' alleged lack of solidarity and the imminent collapse of the Western system.
One of the main pro-Kremlin narratives relating to the pandemic is that the EU and NATO are failing to cope with the COVID-19 crisis and, as a result, are disintegrating. In particular, this narrative of failure and lack of EU solidarity is trending after the delivery of Russian aid to Italy.
This narrative also aims to pit EU and NATO member states against each other in an attempt to undermine European solidarity, another recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation tactic.
NATO is also doing its part to help its member states and the Alliance's Foreign Ministers agreed to speed up the coordination to combat the coronavirus crisis. The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the COVID-19 crisis and is supporting Member States in tackling the pandemic and in mitigating its economic consequences.
See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Russia is helping countries while Brussels and NATO stay indifferent, that coronavirus will cause the dissolution of the EU and NATO, and that NATO spreads the coronavirus in the EU.