Disinfo: Kaliningrad is a "security threat" to NATO

Summary

NATO considers Kaliningrad a “security threat” to its members.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western attempts to encircle Russia, Western belligerence and Western aggression against Kaliningrad. In addition, during the Warsaw summit in July 2016, NATO has made it clear that "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia". Read more about this narrative o Polygraph.

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  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/02/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Kaliningrad, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia, NATO
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Disproof

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Disproof

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