Disinfo: Nato forgot all the previously existing agreements, made former socialist countries join it and besieged Russia

Summary

NATO forgot all the previously existing agreements, made some ungrateful former socialist republics join it and besieged Russia as a cackle of hyenas besieges a dying lion. On the contrary, a dying lion is still a lion. Russia began to regain its health and showed its power to the world. NATO, on the other hand, remains a threat to the mankind and drains the countries embittered by it into the hell of nuclear war

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that NATO would have promised at the time of German reunification that the Alliance will not expand to the East. Back in 2014, Gorbachev rejected this claim: "The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. I say this with full responsibility." https://www.rbth.com/international/2014/10/16/mikhail_gorbachev_i_am_against_all_walls_40673.html. Furthermore, 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. https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm. Claim about NATO besieging Russia ignores the facts of geography. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, 1,215 kilometres, or less than one-sixteenth, face current NATO members. Russia shares land borders with 14 countries (Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, North Korea). Only five of them are NATO members. Outside NATO territory, the Alliance only has a military presence in two places: Kosovo and Afghanistan. Both operations are carried out with a United Nations mandate, and therefore carry the approval of Russia, along with all other Security Council members. In contrast, Russia has military bases and soldiers in three countries – Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine – without the consent of their governments. www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm?#cl101, For background about NATO-Russia cooperation see: www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_50090.htm,

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  • Reported in: Issue 97
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/01/2018
  • Outlet language(s)
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
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The West exports perversity

The US and Europe are exporters of perversion and attacks Orthodoxy.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring disinformation that cooperation with the West is destroying Georgian society. The EU cooperation with Georgia encompasses many things, but propaganda directed at youth to "make" them homosexual are not among them.

The US supports the Islamic State, while Russia defeated it

Russia carried out a military operation in Syria in the shortest possible time, defeated the so called Islamic State, behind which is the US and managed to establish order in the region. Everybody knows who created this terrorist organisation, who financed, who armed and who strengthened it – of course this is America. Meanwhile, Russia managed to destroy and uproot immediately this most terrible nest of terrorism. By this Russia left Washington without its strongest weapon – this terrorist organisation.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation that the US is protecting or working together with ISIS/Daesh. The US is fighting against Daesh together with the Global Coalition against Daesh. The US MoD outlines the latest progress on their website.

Furthermore, a recent report by the Conflict Armament Research has found that up to 90 per cent of weapons seized from ISIS in Iraq and Syria originated from China, Russia and Eastern Europe. US arms accounted for just 1.8 per cent of items recovered between 2014 and 2017 while 43.5 per cent of weapons originated in China, according to analysts.

Ukraine admits that Russian gas imports are profitable

Ukraine has recognized the commercial profitability of Russian gas imports, since Naftogaz Ukrainian state gas company chairman Andriy Kobelev has said so.

Disproof

In an interview with Ukraine’s Channel 5 television station, Andriy Kobelev explained that the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal overruled the 2009 Ukraine-Russia gas contract and ruled that instead of purchasing over 50 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia, Ukraine must purchase only 4-5, and only until the end of 2019, the year the contract expires. The court also ruled that the purchase price for Russian gas should be less than what Ukraine pays for gas it buys from Europe. Kobelev did not say that buying Russian gas was commercially profitable for Ukraine. What he said is that the Tribunal ruling changes the rules of the contract, reduces the amount Ukraine must purchase from 52 billion cubic meters to a minimum of 4 billion cubic meters and lowers the gas price to less than what Ukraine currently pays for gas imported from Europe. Buying half of the country’s gas requirements from Russia at these reduced prices would be commercially viable for Ukraine, Kobelev explained. Further debunking at Stopfake www.stopfake.org/en/fake-ukraine-admits-russian-gas-imports-profitable/, .