Latvia has no say in NATO thus the money spent on NATO is an occupation fee

Summary

The President of Latvia offered to share independence lessons with Zelenskyy. But Latvia is not so independent itself. If Latvia was truly independent, it would not have encouraged foreign military bases on its soil. Latvia has no say in NATO and thus, money that Latvia spends on NATO’s presence is, in fact, an occupation fee.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Baltic states' lost sovereignty and their subordination to the US and NATO

NATO is an organisation of collective defence established under the Washington Treaty. NATO member states make decisions through a consensus. Consensus decision-making is a fundamental principle which has been accepted as the sole basis for decision-making in NATO since the creation of the Alliance. Thus, each member of the alliance has similar say and all of them are involved in decision-making processes.

Member countries make direct and indirect contributions to the costs of running NATO and implementing its policies and activities.

In 2006, NATO Defence Ministers agreed to commit a minimum of two percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to spendings on defence. The 2% of Latvia's GDP for defence spending is mainly focused on strengthening the national defence capability to enhance combat and response skills of the Armed Forces and National Guard.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that NATO buried Latvia's and Lithuania's independence and pumped 5 billion euros from Latvia in 15 years here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Latvia
  • Keywords: Sovereignty, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Georgia time 00:15-0:38
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to global peace because it has an aggressive agenda. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. Its exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. The claim that NATO is encircling or threatening Russia is one of the myths about this organization.

NATO is regularly updating the military requirements for civilian infrastructure, at a time when there are increased challenges to security. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and amid emerging security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa in 2014, NATO leaders at the Wales Summit adopted the Readiness Action Plan, a comprehensive package of enhanced collective defense and deterrent measures designed to ensure the transatlantic alliance could respond swiftly and firmly to changes in its security environment.

Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 report on sexuality was designed to promote the most deviant sexual behaviour

Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 report on sexuality was designed to promote the most deviant sexual behaviour. The report gave birth to the sexual revolution, which upset and overturned all values. Kinsey himself was a homosexual maniac who raped dozens of children. The sexual revolution that was born of this theory will upset and overthrow all Western values. In January 2018, UNESCO published its recommendations on sexual education in which it places great emphasis on the right to enjoy the pleasures of flesh.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative portraying the West as a decadent, and immoral society that destroys traditional values and promotes deviant sexual behaviour.

The Kinsey Reports, two scholarly books on human sexual behaviour, written by Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy, Clyde Martin and Paul Gebhard published respectively in 1948 and 1951 were controversial among the general public simply because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects that had previously been taboo.

Sweden ready to call just anything a “foreign submarine” to get a pretext for spending millions on a military operation

Sweden is prepared to call basically anything a “foreign” (read Russian) submarine, not only a malfunctioning buoy, but also Russian Imperial submarine shipwreck from 1916, dolphins or seals. All just to get a pretext to start a large scale military operation and spend 20 million euros on it.

 

 

Disproof

The Swedish Armed Forces detected a suspected violation of Sweden's Internal territorial waters in October 2014. A report of the incident was published in 2015, concluding that there was, beyond reasonable doubt, proof that Swedish internal territorial waters were violated. The report concludes that the combined evaluation of reports provide a very high level of confidence. They signal from the above mentioned buoy had, at the time of the report, been excluded from the analysis of the collected data. The press release (in Swedish) on the report can be found here. Here is a translation of key parts of the press release:

Of the roughly 300 reports that came in approximately 150 has been analysed in further detail of which 21 were judged to be particularly interesting.

Following the analysis several of these have now received a higher classification compared to the earlier analysis. The combined evaluation based on the amount of observations in the area provide a very high level of confidence.