Disinfo: NATO decided that the fight against coronavirus should be an information war


Instead of dealing with the coronavirus, NATO will fight fake news about it. NATO decided that the fight against coronavirus should be an information war. Apparently, by this logic, this virus should be scared and leave. The Alliance does not intend to undertake anything else and solve real problems.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation message about NATO and the coronavirus.

NATO is providing help worldwide during the pandemic. While NATO does not have stockpiles of medical supplies, its coordination centre can help with heavy transport, logistics and by matching donors with recipients. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, eleven countries have asked the NATO centre for help. Among others, the centre has facilitated the delivery of disinfectants from Ukraine, ventilators from Germany, protection equipment from Turkey and respirators from the Czech Republic. A shipment of thousands of surgical masks from Estonia to Italy and Spain is expected in the coming days.

The NATO centre operates on a 24/7 basis and coordinates requests from 30 NATO Allies and 40 partner countries. Previous assistance included fighting forest fires in Latvia and Israel, and responding to earthquakes, snowstorms and floods in Albania and Montenegro. The centre also provided relief to the United States following hurricane Katrina.


  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, US
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Information war, NATO


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