Disinfo: Denmark cannot say no to the US if Washington wants to have Greenland

Summary

If Trump can make or force the deal, taking Greenland would be a massive win for the future of America. Even if Denmark protests, (which they are) it is very hard to say “no” to the United States in the long term and very bad for your health.The Danes could be easily made to suffer for not giving up their very large future US Air Force Base for some nice beads and a few empty promises.

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A recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on US dictating actions of sovereign states. Pro-Kremlin outlets often allege that different countries, US' transatlantic allies in this case, are US vassals and remain under the American thumb. See earlier examples Poland is US's vassal stateEurope is occupied by the US and has limited sovereigntythe EU is directed by WashingtonGermany is the executor of US hegemony over Europe.

The countries signing the Helsinki Final Act of 1975, commit to “refrain from any demand for, or act of, seizure and usurpation of part or all of the territory of any participating State".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Denmark, US
  • Keywords: Greenland purchase, Imperialism/colonialism, OSCE
  • Outlet: Strategic Culture Foundation

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Poland seeks to increase its influence in Eastern Europe through the myth of Russian aggression

The Polish government insists on relocating an additional contingent of US troops to its territory because of the desire to strengthen its influence in Eastern Europe through the myth of Russian military aggression.

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This narrative began to appear in the Russian media in June when the Presidents of Poland and the United States signed the Joint Declaration on Defence Cooperation. Poland stressed that the presence of American troops in the country plays an important deterrent role against Russian aggression. It is act precisely about increasing the defensive ability of Poland and the country's ability to repel any territorial encroachments by Russia. Poland has no ambition to increase its influence on any territory of Europe - whearas it is well documented that Russia captured the Ukrainian Crimea and occupied part of the Donbas.

The main defence forces of NATO will still remain in Germany: even after this deployment of the US military; in Poland the number of deployed troops will be much less than the 35,000 soldiers deployed now in Germany. It was also reported that the decision to increase the military presence of the allies in Poland and the Baltic countries was taken at the NATO summit in Warsaw three years ago, in response to Russia's seizure of Ukrainian territories. So this is not Poland’s sole decision, but the policy of the entire Alliance.

The US does not care about the Baltic states and wants Russia to buy them

Soon either Donald Trump or his successors will sell the Baltic countries to Russia. The US president, and his supporters, have repeatedly demonstrated that they are not interested in the Baltic states and consider them unimportant. Hence, there is no point for the US not to sell the Baltic states to Russia. The problem is, however, that Russia does not need these countries either. Otherwise it would not end strategic economic cooperation with them. The only thing about the Baltic states that Russia cares about is their NATO membership and the presence of offensive NATO infrastructure on their territory. It seems that the US invests in the development of infrastructure there only with the aim of raising the price of the Baltic states for further bargaining with Russia.

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This is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about lost sovereignty, external control and socio-economic degradation of the Baltic states. Although pro-Kremlin outlets often claim that Baltic states  have lost their sovereignty to the EU, this message alleges that their fate depends on the US's (and Russia's) whims. Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are sovereign countries, which determine their own domestic and foreign policies. 

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the Baltic states pursue anti-Belarusian policies as instructed by external actors, that Lithuania is a "typical dying young democracy", and that the Baltic states are dying because they chose not to be with Russia.

As the US’s vassal state Denmark will have to give up Greenland for free or for a symbolic price

Denmark got frightened after it turned out that Donald Trump was not joking about his intention to purchase Greenland. Trump is not the type of person who can easily be told ‘no’. A catastrophic perspective lies ahead of Denmark as it is one of the US’s allied countries. For them, Trump’s initiatives are offers which cannot be refused. Why would Trump pay for something that he can get for free or for a symbolic price? This would be a shame for such a successful businessman as Donald Trump.

Therefore, Trump can get Greenland by arguing that as a NATO member, Denmark did not pay a penny for its military security. Hence, either Denmark pays billions of dollars for the security provided to it by the Americans over the last 70 years, or it gives up Greenland to the US. This development was logical given that the US does not really have allies as claimed but the vassal states which Washington can bend at any time. They will become victims of American global dominance. If Trump dared to ask Russia to sell its Sakhalin island, the Kremlin could launch a hyper-sonic missile at the White House.

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This is groundless speculation based on recurring lost sovereignty narrative frequently promoted by pro-Kremlin disinformation sources, this time built around the claim that Denmark is a US's vassal country, which will have to please Trump and give up Greenland.

The 2014 Wales Summit Declaration formalised the aim to move towards 2% of GDP spending on defence for all NATO members. Although Denmark is among those NATO countries whose spending has not reached this benchmark, it is not true that Denmark did not pay for defence at all as alleged (see NATO countries defence expenditures for the last years here).