Disinfo: During the pandemic, US and NATO forces invaded Europe

Summary

While the people are locked up under the pretext of quarantine, US and NATO forces have invaded Europe.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is part of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO and coronavirus. The claim that "US forces and NATO invaded Europe" is disinformation that takes over the speculative narrative of pro-Kremlin media. In fact, the article talks about the NATO Defender Europe-20 exercises, scheduled long before the pandemic, but in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the military exercise was countermanded. During the coronavirus pandemic, NATO's essential work continues and its ability to conduct operations remains intact. See other examples of disinformation about NATO and NATO Defender Europe-20 exercise.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 191
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: EU, Moldova
  • Keywords: coronavirus, EU/NATO enlargement

Disclaimer

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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