Disinfo: NATO does not help member states to fight against coronavirus


Criticism of NATO is more and more heard in the West, because of insufficient assistance to member states of the military bloc, for example to Spain and Italy. Experts note the failure of the alliance in a pandemic. It turns out that NATO is fighting only with the far-fetched “Russian threat”. But when it comes to real danger, the bloc shows its inefficiency. Coronavirus has proven the futility of NATO.  

This is one of several recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the inability of NATO and the EU to assist their member states in fighting the coronavirus and about the alleged disintegration of the EU, NATO and other Western bodies. NATO has been doing a great deal to assist all member states in the fight against COVID-19. This includes facilitating the airlift of crucial medical supplies and equipment, matching requests for support with offers from allies and partners, setting up field hospitals. Many Allies, including the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, and Spain have benefited from this support. NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) has helped facilitate medical aid to Allies. Allied airlift capabilities have delivered hundreds of thousands of tons of medical equipment, and Allied armed forces are playing an essential role in the civilian response to COVID-19. For example, in response to Spain and Italy’s requests for assistance made through the EADRCC, the Czech Republic bilaterally provided both countries with medical supplies, including 10,000 protective medical suits each. Through the same mechanism, Turkey provided Italy and Spain with medical supplies such as masks, personal protection equipment and disinfectants. “NATO was created to deal with crises. So we can help and our Alliance is playing its part, the NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg said. The Alliance is already coordinating and supporting national efforts against the pandemic with logistical, transport and medical help. Read similar cases claiming that the coronavirus has proven the weakness of NATO, that in the present coronavirus crisis NATO has completely exhausted the reasons for its existence,that NATO did not help Spain fight coronavirus, that NATO members have been unable to deal collectively with the coronavirus pandemic. More about NATO response to the pandemic can be found here.


  • Reported in: Issue 196
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: coronavirus, NATO


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