Disinfo: The EU is NATO’s white label

Summary

The European Union is nothing but NATO’s white label, and that’s why the US promoted the EU: because promoting it meant, de facto, to expand NATO. First the European Union with its peace doves and then NATO with its tanks. And NATO, as the EU’s puppetmaster, organised the expansion towards the former Soviet countries, annexing most of them and incorporating the Baltic Republics, only to try later also with Ukraine and Belarus, countries bordering with Russia.

Disproof

This is a mix of several recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO, the EU as a US vassal, Russia’s neighbourhood and encircling Russia.

The EU is not NATO’s 'white label' nor is the North Atlantic Alliance the EU’s puppetmaster. Though EU-NATO cooperation constitutes an integral pillar of European defence and their security are inter-connected, both are independent of each other, as it is clear from the list of their nation members. NATO includes 9 states that are not members of the European Union, while 6 EU members are not part of the Atlantic Alliance. The European Union is a sovereign entity created by the voluntary initiative of European nations and it has its own, independent foreign policy.

Contrary to the claim, NATO and the EU didn’t annex the Baltic Republics. EU membership was requested by these states and backed by referendums in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. NATO membership was also a strategic goal and a popular request of these countries, granted once they met a series of economic and democratic developments and commitments.

The affirmation that the EU and NATO were attempting to annex Ukraine and Belarus is also false, part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign framing popular protests in both countries as Western-led colour revolutions.

See other examples in our database, such as claims that NATO will be reformed as part of the Western effort to rule the world, that the sovereignty of the former Soviet republics is a relative concept, that Europe is a colony of the US or that Baltic countries get their position on international issues from the US State Department via fax.

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  • Reported in: Issue 235
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish, Castilian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine, Baltic states, Belarus, US, EU
  • Keywords: Sovereignty, NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia, European Union
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The East Stratcom Task Force and "Bild" journalists carry out "secret orders" from Western intelligence services

The East Stratcom Task Force and "Bild" journalists carry out "secret orders" from Western intelligence services.

The similarities in names between the "Stratcom Dialogue" and institutions such as NATO's Stratcom, the Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence or the EU's East Stratcom Task Force are of course no coincidence, but rather an indication that the whining of incorrigible Russia-haters like Julian Röpcke about alleged Russian spies, who allegedly pose as journalists and carry out "secret orders" is just part of the usual mendacious whining of contemporaries who are so intensively connected to Western intelligence services that they already consider this parallel world as the true reality and strictly refuse to face the real world and consider all others as dangerous deviants.

Disproof

This message is a part of a broader Kremlin narrative accusing various European media and institutions of Russophobia and connections to secret services with the aim of eroding their credibility.

The East Stratcom Task Force and "Bild" journalists do not receive nor carry out "secret orders" from Western intelligence services. The East Stratcom Task Force was established following a mandate from the leaders of the European Union as a reaction to the post-2014 wave of Russian propaganda and disinformation aimed against the EU member states and other countries of the region.

Lithuanian politicians will use virtual police patrol against freedom of opinion

The hatred in Facebook splits Lithuanian society. Police reacted. Society will be watched by a virtual patrol.

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The costs of the attack on freedom of opinion could be high not only for society but also for the authorities. People could not like this way to control society. Serfdom was abolished in Lithuania 150 years ago.

It is a pity that the Lithuanian police pushed to intimidate society. Shame on Lithuanian politicians who are afraid of a free society and are using a “cyber patrol” against it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Lithuania, accusing state authorities of persecuting freedom of speech and opinion.

The initiative of a “virtual patrol” or “cyber patrol” was announced by the Lithuanian police at the beginning of March 2021. It is a preventative measure against hate speech on social networks. The “cyber patrol” will monitor online content, mark comments which violate Lithuanian law, and issue a warning to its authors.

Alleged poisonings of Skripal, Navalny were Western provocations against Russia

In the last three years, our so-called Western partners twice alleged that Russia used chemical weapons against individual targets - Sergei Skripal and Alexei Navalny.

There is obviously no evidence to support these provocations. On the contrary, there is evidence that these were deliberate, planned provocations. These tactics can be deployed in any context, and the West has been perfecting them in recent years.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Moscow's involvement in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and Alexei Navalny.

Moscow's involvement in the Skripal poisoning has been proven via a thorough investigation.