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In 15 years, NATO has pumped 5 billion euros from Latvia

Summary of Disinformation

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has become a huge money making machine. Over the past 15 years, NATO has pumped 5 billion euros from Latvia.

NATO members are seen as colonizers and occupiers in the countries where they pretended to install democracy.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO.

The defence expenditure of NATO members "represent payments by a national government actually made, or to be made, during the course of the fiscal year to meet the needs of its armed forces, those of Allies or of the Alliance".

In 2006, NATO Defence Ministers agreed to commit a minimum of two per cent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to spending on defence. According to NATO, the defence capacity of each member country has an important impact on the overall perception of the Alliance’s credibility as a politico-military organisation.

The 2% of Latvia's GDP for defence spending is mainly focused on strengthening the national defense capability to enhance combat and response skills of the Armed Forces and National Guard. According to the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs, Latvia should up its defence spending as "It's in the interests of our own safety".

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Reported in: Issue 144
Date: 31.03.2019
Language: Russian
Country: Latvia, US
Keywords: NATO
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Sputnik Latvia
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