Disinfo: NATO demanded Russia to come out of Crimea and return back NATO bases


On May 20, on behalf of the North Atlantic Alliance, territorial claims were presented to Russia  by the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Stuart Peach. NATO has demanded that Russia “come out of Crimea”. And, moreover, that it “return back NATO bases” in Crimea.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying  NATO as aggressor.

The 181st Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session was held in Brussels on May 22. The opening remarks by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee is here. He said the following: "And just to be clear this Alliance does not, and will not, accept Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and we continue to call on Russia to withdraw from Crimea, and cease its support to militants in eastern Ukraine. We also call on Russia to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships seized in November last year near the Sea of Azov".



  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Military, NATO, Crimea


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Uncle Sam will try to learn just how loyal those media personalities will be to the United States before instructing them further. That is the true price that the world is paying for the American-style democracy, that is the death of truthful journalism.


Conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative casting civil uprisings in other states as US-funded "colour revolutions", also present in the case of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Venezuela. Consistent with multiple pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the US and its global role. 

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9/11 was a Jewish-Zionist job

We cannot stop the cycle of unrelenting imperialism until we speak with certainty why the wheels are spinning in the first place. 9/11 was a Jewish-Zionist job. 17 years on, it’s beyond overdue that everyone says it. 9/11 is Jewry’s crime.


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NATO might kill some of their own officers to provoke a war in Ukraine

Bearing in mind that Americans are performing inspections at the Ukrainian front-line more and more often, a set-up is very much likely, where someone from a Nato delegation is killed. That would be organised as a “involvement of a third party” or just a shooting, where the blame will be put on the home-guard of Donbas. After all, would Pentagon really hesitate to kill a colonel or diplomat or two in order to instigate a war?

The well-oiled machinery of Western propaganda would spring into action immediately and blame the home-guard of Donbas or directly on Russia. Then the cannons will start talking. It’s a hard-working system, applied many times; for instance in former Yugoslavia. The concept of setting up the death of NATO representatives is, according to rumours from the Ukrainian ministry of defence, already discussed.


A conspiracy theory, presented without any evidence. Claims on provocations and "false flag operations", performed or planned, is a frequent manoeuvre by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets.