Disinfo: NATO forgot promises not to enlarge to the East


During the Belarus people’s assembly, Alexander Lukashenko said that the West forgot promises not to push NATO to the East.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative that NATO had promised Russia it would not expand to the East.

This so called promise did not exist. NATO members have never made any political or legally binding commitments not to extend the Alliance beyond the borders of a reunified Germany.

Despite this, the Kremlin's disinformation machine still rolls this narrative out regularly. See similar cases: The West promised that NATO will not move Eastward; Gorbachev was promised that NATO would not “expand Eastward”; NATO promised not to expand further East.


  • Reported in: Issue 231
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/02/2021
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian, Russian
  • Country: Belarus
  • Keywords: Military, West, EU/NATO enlargement, Alexander Lukashenko, NATO


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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