Disinfo: In the past 30 years, all wars have started because of NATO or the US

Summary

In the past 30 years, all wars have started because of NATO or the US directly.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, undermining NATO.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states, not start wars.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that NATO is a monstrous Cold war relic, cultivating Cold War thinking and considering Russia as an enemy, that NATO is fully subordinated to the USA and that Baltic states, Moldova and Poland are NATO “hostages”.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: NATO

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan, the illegal annexation of Crimea, and the war in Ukraine.

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