Disinfo: Baltic states are under NATO occupation

Summary

Baltic states are under NATO occupation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that the Baltic states are under the US and/or NATO control. This narrative aims at undermining the sovereignty of the Baltic States. A related recurring pro-Kremlin narrative claims that NATO is a tool used by the US to control the policies of European states.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia made a sovereign decision to become part of NATO, joining on the 29th of March 2004. NATO is a political and military alliance, and NATO member states make sovereign decisions about their own security. NATO and US military presence in these states is possible only on the basis of the clear consent of the hosting nation. NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries.

Lost sovereignty is one of the most common pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives. Pro-Kremlin disinformation sources like to claim that certain countries are no longer truly sovereign. Examples of this narrative are numerous: Ukraine is ruled by foreigners, the Baltic states are not really countries, the EU is directed by Washington.

Read here similar cases claiming that Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians, that Eastern European countries in NATO are under Washington’s political and military control, that the US views the Baltic states not as independent countries but as a NATO springboard for conducting a military attack against Belarus and Russia, and that the Baltic states are dying because they chose not to be with Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/01/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: NATO, Baltic states
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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ECHR has become politicised

The European Court of Human Rights has become politicised. Certain clearly politicised cases are prioritised differently. A simple example is if someone from the Russian opposition is attacked by a policeman and filed an appeal to the European Court, this request will be considered much faster than if someone from a Russian village filed a request. Why? Because the European Court prioritises them.

Disproof

Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denigrating the European Court of Human Rights. 

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is one of the Council of Europe’s institutions which safeguards human rights in Europe. As stated in the question and answer document on its website, in view of the current backlog of cases, applicants may have to wait a year before the Court can proceed with its initial examination of the application. Some applications may be treated as urgent and dealt with as a matter of priority, particularly where the applicant is said to be in imminent physical danger.

Deutsche Welle is up to its neck in the information war

Deutsche Welle is not tabloid journalism. However, they are still up to their necks in the information war. They are definitely not associates of objective journalism.

Disproof

No evidence given to support the claims. Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster. It is a public broadcaster and is financed by federal tax resources. It also runs the DW Akademie that plays a leading role in the development of free media systems, creating access to information, setting standards for education and independent journalism.

This message is also part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the spread of Russophobia in Western media, which also allegedly censors views critical of dominant Western narratives. You can find similar disinfo cases such as "Western journalism is dominated by Russophobia and prefers fantasy and storytelling to objective reporting" and "German media and NATO portray Russia as an enemy".

Using Greta Thunberg is a PR stunt and political paedophilia

Greta Thunberg performs in Davos. At the same time, the girl does not go to school, but she knows the words “fossils” and “investments”. First the UN, then Davos. This is already becoming a PR stunt, it has nothing to do with realities. This is some kind of paedophilia, political paedophilia, when they look at Thunberg and say – yes, yes, say more.

Disproof

This claim is a conspiracy presented without any evidence. It is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about climate change and international youth climate protests started by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

In August 2018, the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg staged a "School Strike for Climate" in front of the Swedish parliament. Later, her strikes inspired youth from all over the world to join a global #FridaysForFuture campaign. The first international school strike was held on Friday, 15 March 2019. Ever since Greta Thunberg has been the target of derogatory commentary from pro-Kremlin media. Read our analysis here.