Disinfo: NATO and Noble Partner exercises destabilise situation in the Black Sea region


The US military personnel has already arrived in Georgia to take part in the Noble Partner 2020 multinational exercises. The Noble Partner 2020 exercise is being held on the territory of Georgia for the fifth time since 2015. The main goal of the manoeuvres is “maintaining a stable and secure situation in the Black Sea region.” However, it is NATO itself that is destabilising the situation. Cases of provocations by the NATO military have become more frequent. The Alliance regularly increases its presence in the Black Sea, and NATO’s military aircraft are constantly flying dangerously close to the borders of Russia. Under the guise of the myth of the Russian threat, the West is systematically threatening security throughout the world.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO and destabilisation.

The claim came after the launch of Noble Partner 2020 and appearance of NATO military personnel and technique in Georgian cities.

Noble Partner is multiannual military exercise cooperatively led between the Georgian Armed Forces and U.S. Army Europe. The exercise is designed to enhance regional partnerships and increase U.S. force readiness and interoperability in a realistic, multinational training environment. Noble Partner allows participants to conduct situational training exercises, live-fire exercises, and combined mechanised manoeuvres.

NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Black Sea are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years.

For more information about NATO-Russia relations and disinformation narratives about NATO, see here (opens in a new tab) and here (opens in a new tab).

Here you can see other examples of disinformation on NATO alleged goals in Crimea and its intentions to introduce a fleet to the Azov Sea, provocations against Russia in the Black Sea or the dangers created by the Alliance’s activities in those waters, and preparations for a big war.


  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: Black Sea, Military exercise, NATO, The West


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