NATO enlargement is the main problem in relations between Russia and Europe

Summary

NATO enlargement is the main problem in relations between Russia and Europe. Had the Alliance not expanded, there wouldn’t have been problems with Ukraine and Georgia. 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and NATO's belligerence, as well as about Ukraine and Georgia and cooperation with NATO.

NATO is not a threat to Russia. NATO is a defensive alliance. Its essential and enduring purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means. NATO's exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – nor any other country. In March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia.

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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 165
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Georgia
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Europeans have realised that sanctions against Russia are totally ineffective

The procedure to extend the sanctions requires a unanimous vote, i.e. if one EU member state votes against the continuation of sanctions, they will be lifted. Such a possibility is quite realistic given the current mood in Europe, which is mostly constructive towards Russia. This means that the Europeans have finally realised that sanctions against Russia are totally ineffective.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that Western sanctions against Russia are unjust and ineffective.

The sanctions are not a means of protectionism but were introduced after Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and the downing of the Malaysian passenger plane MH17. The latest decision on a six-month extension of EU sanctions against Russian was taken on the 12th of September 2019, lasting until March 2020.

All throughout the post-war period the Soviet Union kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness

All throughout the post-war period, the Soviet Union kept the world from complete disaster and complete wildness.

Disproof

This case represents a manipulation of historical facts to downplay and justify Russian aggression towards European countries. See similar cases here.

It is important to mention the The Marshall Plan, also known as the European Recovery Program, which was a U.S. program providing aid to Western Europe following the devastation of World War II. As the designer of the plan, George C. Marshall himself said: "Our policy is not directed against any country, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos."