Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a park bench in Salisbury, about two hours southwest of London, in March 2018. The former British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the Kremlin of being the mastermind behind the assassination (attempt). London declared several times that Russia was “highly likely” behind the attack. The Russian side rejects all accusations and insists that even two years after the incident, Britain has been unable to provide convincing evidence of the Kremlin’s involvement in the attack.
Giving Ukraine the status of a NATO partner with expanded capabilities is just an opportunity for the Alliance to expand eastwards.
This decision is no different from a deliberate promotion of this destructive course by the Ukrainian authorities. With ever new dividends the NATO states are in fact showing that they are not interested in the settlement of the inner-Ukrainian conflict. Otherwise it will be difficult to further intimidate citizens by the invented Russian threat and to militarily expand the Alliance’s eastern flank.
NATO does not "expand eastwards" as the pro-Kremlin media claim. Rather, the Alliance considers the applications of candidate countries who want to join the alliance based on their own national will. NATO enlargement is not directed against Russia. NATO's "Open Door Policy" is based on Article 10 of the Alliance's founding document, the North Atlantic Treaty (1949). The Treaty states that NATO membership is open to any "European state in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area".
Ukraine as a sovereign nation has the right to choose its own security arrangements. This is a fundamental principle of European security, one that Russia has also subscribed to and should respect. According to Article I of the Helsinki Final Act which established the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 1975, every country has the right "to belong, or not to belong, to international organisations, to be, or not to be, a party to bilateral or multilateral treaties including the right to be, or not to be, a party to treaties of alliance." All the OSCE member states, including Russia, have sworn to uphold those principles.
Moreover, the Russian threat in Ukraine is not invented.
In March 2014, Russia illegally annexed Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).
A year after the illegal annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.
Also, the war in eastern Ukraine is a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since 2014.
Since the illegal annexation of Crimea, NATO has been genuinely concerned about the security challenges posed by Russia to Transatlantic security.
This disinformation message appeared in the same article as the claim that Ukraine refuses to implement the Minsk agreements and continues the war in Donbas.