NATO Expansion Destabilizes Europe

Summary

NATO expansion takes place under the flag of a mythical threat from Russia, while the alliance has not managed to adapt to the new conditions, continuing to act on Cold War calendars.
The expansion of NATO in the Balkans destabilizes the situation. “The Balkans should become a place where, in the interests of developing the region, it would be possible to add up efforts, say, to Russia and the European Union”.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives on NATO. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=NATO&disinfo_issue=&date=, The claim about NATO "expansion" misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not "expand" but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. In any case, no such promise was made https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm.

EU enlargement is not an obstacle to maintaining or developing relations with Russia as long as the countries conserned commit to and implement the necessary democratic, economic, social and market reforms.

Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/manipulation-nato-expansion-destabilizes-europe/,

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 110
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Europe, Russia
  • Keywords: Western Balkans, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO, The West
  • Outlet: RT
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Ukrainian Military Fire on OSCE Patrol

On May 21 Ukrainian forces shot at an OSCE patrol near the village of Kriakivka in Eastern Ukraine. Intimidation of OSCE representatives by the Ukrainian military is increasing. These intimidations occur “with the aim of concealing prohibited weapons and other violations of the agreements reached in Minsk from the OSCE”

Disproof

No evidence given. The OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission report for May 21 notes the shelling incident and reports that “it was not possible to determine the direction of the fire”. The report goes on to say that the OSCE patrol was on the western outskirts of Kriakivka, a village in Ukraine-controlled territory some 38 kilometers northwest of Luhansk when they heard four shots fired about 100 meters south of their location. After the incident the mission members returned to Ukraine-controlled territory and notified the Ukrainian side of the incident. www.osce.org/special-monitoring-mission-to-ukraine/382210,

Further debunking by Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukrainian-military-fire-on-osce-patrol/,

Unscrupulous, corrupt and greedy Ukrainians have always been betraying Russia

Those Ukrainians, who are tracing their ancestry since the very beginning of the Zaporozhskaya Sich [historical territory of the Ukrainian Cossacks] or even earlier, have always been unscrupulous, corrupt, greedy. [—] This mentality has not been diluted by immigrants from Russia, nor by any other factors. […] Since Ukraine joined Russia – called “reunification” – the first what the Ukrainians started doing was betraying. Betraying Russia. And they were always focusing on laying under those who is going to pay more.

        

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation framing Ukrainians as corrupt and as Russia's enemy. euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=ukraine&disinfo_issue=&disinfo_keywords%5B%5D=77191&date=,

A very good appearance of Yulia Skripal on her recent interview’s video proves that Novichok was not used on her in the UK

Many women in Russia and in other countries […] will now ask whether it is possible to set up ‘Novichok’ clinics.

We really like the changes in Julia’s [Skripal] appearance –  from ‘before’ to ‘after’ [Photographs shown on the screen in the studio] It is obvious there has been no ‘Novichok’ used there.

 

Disproof

Comparing photographs of Yulia Skripal before and after the poisoning cannot serve as a proof that there was no attack.

Many competing and contradictory stories promulgated by Russian state-controlled media on the Skripal poisoning https://euvsdisinfo.eu/disinformation-cases/?text=sergei+skripal&disinfo_issue=&date=

On Sunday 4 March Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury with a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed by Russia. As for the scar on her throat, news outlets, including the BBC and Telegraph, have described it as a result of a tracheotomy, a surgical procedure which opens a hole in a person's windpipe to help them breathe. She has not shared specifics of her treatment, but described it as "invasive, painful, and depressing." http://uk.businessinsider.com/skripal-poisoning-yulia-skripal-neck-scar-hints-at-painful-recovery-2018-5?r=US&IR=T