Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures

Summary

There is a cyber operation centre deployed in Finland with the help of the US.

Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures. An agreement was signed in May providing for their full-fledged participation in NATO drills and for possible use of its troops and weapons control systems. In exchange, NATO has been granted unimpeded access to the airspace and territorial waters of these countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on NATO. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77118&date=,

The comments by the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoygu, in Moscow on Tuesday with regard to Finland’s and Sweden’s cooperation with NATO contain a number of inaccuracies and factual errors, Finnish defence ministry responded: www.defmin.fi/en/topical/press_releases/comments_by_russian_defence_minister_sergei_shoygu_on_finland_s_and_sweden_s_nato_cooperation_inaccurate.9414.news,

Finland has not set up any cyber-operation centre with the assistance of the United States, as Shoygu indicates. Instead, Finland hosts a multinational European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, which was established in 2017.

In his speech, Shoygu also refers to a treaty signed between Finland, Sweden and NATO in May. There is in fact no such treaty. In May 2018, Finland, Sweden and US signed a Trilateral Statement of Intent on defence cooperation.

Finland does not participate fully in NATO exercises nor does it have full access to NATO’s command-and-control system, contrary to what Shoygu claims. Moreover, NATO does not have unrestricted access to Finland’s airspace and territorial waters. Any foreign vessels or aircraft wishing to enter Finland’s territory must have authorisation from the relevant authority, which in Finland is the Defence Forces. Such authorisation is always case-specific and subject to national discretion.

Shoygu is incorrect in saying that Finland is being pulled into NATO. Finland’s position on its military non-alignment is clear and Finland makes its security policy choices independently.

Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist has said that Shoygu's statement was misleading and that Nato countries still require "special permission" to enter Swedish territory.

"Sweden is non-aligned militarily and we make our own decisions. This was an incorrect description," he told Swedish Radio. sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=2054&artikel=7012912,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 116
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/07/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Finland, Sweden
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
  • Outlet: Tass, many others
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Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures

There is a cyber operation centre deployed in Finland with the help of the US.

Finland and Sweden are being dragged into NATO structures. An agreement was signed in May providing for their full-fledged participation in NATO drills and for possible use of its troops and weapons control systems. In exchange, NATO has been granted unimpeded access to the airspace and territorial waters of these countries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on NATO. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77118&date=,

The comments by the Russian Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoygu, in Moscow on Tuesday with regard to Finland’s and Sweden’s cooperation with NATO contain a number of inaccuracies and factual errors, Finnish defence ministry responded: www.defmin.fi/en/topical/press_releases/comments_by_russian_defence_minister_sergei_shoygu_on_finland_s_and_sweden_s_nato_cooperation_inaccurate.9414.news,

Citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be stripped of their Romanian passports

Citizens of the Republic of Moldova will be stripped of their Romanian passports. According to a new Romanian law, all the documents will have to be changed in order to correspond to a new grammatical revision. The letter “î” will be replaced in most of the cases (e.g. geographical names) with the letter “â”. The Moldovan citizens with Romanian passports will have to change their documents.

Disproof

The headline is misinforming the readers: citizens of the Republic of Moldova will not be stripped of their Romanian passports. According to the new law, mentioned by Stopfals.md, the changes in the identity papers, passports and driving licenses will be made upon request or at the expiry of their validity. No one is obliged to do it immediately.

UEFA award to Georgian football player means pederastisation of football

The footballer of Georgia’s national football team and Vice-Captain Guram Kashia, who now plays in San Jose, is awarded by UEFA for supporting homosexuals.

He was awarded for supporting pederasts.

He should not to take part in this Sodomise ceremony.

We call on Kashia not to accept a gift bestowed by pederasts and their bosses and to be remembered as a champion of the continent and not as a champion of Conchitas.

Some have really decided to annihilate and degenerate us! What these sick people want from us, I don’t understand! We are forced that a man should sleep with a man and a woman with a woman! What do they want, sorry but they even start pederastisation of football.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on LGBT, equating homosexuality with paedophilia, and how cooperation with Europe is destroying Georgian society. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=Georgia&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77174&date=

UEFA granted Guram Kashia its inaugural #EqualGame award for his ‘courageous public stand for equality’. Last year, Kashia wore a rainbow armband during a game for Dutch team SBV Vitesse, and despite facing heavy backlash in Georgia, made further statements in support of equality. According to UEFA, Kashia’s gesture was greeted with an extremely negative and hostile response in certain quarters in his native Georgia. There were even calls for him to renounce playing for the national team. Nevertheless, he was defiant in the face of the abuse and threats he received, insisting he had no regrets about wearing the armband and underlining his full support for diversity and inclusion. www.uefa.com/insideuefa/about-uefa/news/newsid=2567743.html,