Disinfo: Eastern European countries in NATO are under Washington’s political and military control

Summary

With NATO expansion in Eastern Europe the plan to encircle Russia is complete. Eastern European countries that have joined (or have been forced to join) NATO are now under Washington’s total political and military control. The intelligence services of these countries are also under US control.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided for the article’s claims.

Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, less than one-sixteenth (1,215 kilometres), is shared with NATO members. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members.

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about  NATO as a tool used by the US to control the policies of European states. This narrative claims that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictates EU and member states policies.

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.

Similar disinformation narratives claim that NATO is a new type of US colonialism, that European élites obey Washington, and that EU and NATO member states are subordinated to the US.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Keywords: Eastern Europe, EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Italia
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Normandy summit aimed at solving Ukraine’s internal problems

The so-called Normandy summit taking place on 9th December in France is designed to help Ukraine overcome its internal divisions and problems.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative which masks the clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014 as a civil conflict.

The Normandy format has been in place since 2014 and resulted thus far in six official meetings between the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany. The aim of each summit since February 2015 has been to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Donbas conflict by implementing the so-called Minsk agreements. Without mentioning Russian personnel and hardware by name, the agreements call for the withdrawal of "all foreign armed formations, military equipment, as well as mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine" (para. 10).

Russia is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine

Russia only provides political, economic and humanitarian support to the people of Donetsk and Luhansk who broke away from Kyiv after an unconstitutional coup in Ukraine in early 2014. Russia insists that it is not a party to the conflict and that reaching a resolution requires direct negotiation between Kyiv and the two republics of Donbas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russia's role in the war in Ukraine. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Eastern Ukraine. There have been many publicly available reports proving Russia's involvement in the war.

The war in Eastern Ukraine is not a civil conflict, but an act of aggression by the Russian armed forces, that has been ongoing since February 2014.

Kyiv plans to carry out another provocation in the Donbas before the “Normandy four summit”

Ukrainian security forces are preparing provocations in the Donbas ahead of the summit of the leaders of the Normandy Four countries in Paris on 9 December.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine portraying Ukraine as an aggressor, and this conflict as an internal one. Similar cases can be consulted such as "Ukraine started the war in Donbas, it is an aggressor", "Kyiv refuses to clear up its mines in Donbas", etc.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine reports on a daily basis on violations and the presence of weapons, which are deployed in violation of the withdrawal lines. Such violations are recorded on both sides of the conflict.