Disinfo: NATO future policy: Continue to regard Russia as a top threat

Summary

The ideological basis of NATO policy in the next decade:

NATO leadership will continue to regard Russia as one of the most important threats to Allied security. Among its most important tasks will be curbing the armament of the Russian army, through the use of economic sanctions.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent agenda against Russia.

First, NATO is not encircling Russia. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. Its exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia or any other country. 

Secondly, NATO supports international sanctions against Russia over its aggressive actions and illegal annexation of Crimea, in eastern Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said thatsanctions may help deter Russia from invading other countries”, with no reference to “any issue with the armament of the army”.

The US and EU, along with other allied countries, responded to Moscow's move against Ukraine by imposing sanctions on Russian officials, companies and goods.

One of the EU restrictive measures is to establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military use or military end-users in Russia. 

Read similar claims such as Crimea’s reunification with Russia was legal, that NATO promised Russia it would not expand to the East and that NATO forgot all the previously existing agreements and expanded despite promises made to Gorbachev.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 209
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: security threat, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, NATO, Sanctions

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The Pentagon buys test equipment for Armenia, Georgia and Moldova. The supplier of the goods is a manufacturer of radiation, chemical and biological reconnaissance and control devices for the US Army. On 14 August, the Pentagon’s procurement department signed contracts for the manufacture and supply of special equipment for the Agency for Reducing Threats to National Defence in Armenia, Georgia and Moldova for $ 535,000, $ 962,000 and $ 115,000. This confirms the fact that around the borders of the Russian Federation and around the world, the United States carries out military biological activities. Even the ex-Minister of State Security for Georgia, Igor Giorgadze, talked about equipment for spraying harmful substances with biologically active material. There are secret laboratories in Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Armenia, Tajikistan.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the alleged existence of US secret military laboratories near Russia’s borders, in this case in Ukraine, Georgia and other countries. In fact, biological laboratories in Ukraine, Georgia and other countries are involved in preventing the risks of complex diseases and, together with other similar projects, counteracting bioterrorism.

The System for Award Management of the US government does indeed contain contracts for chemical and pharmaceutical products and manufacturing machinery. However, the contracts nowhere say that this equipment will be sent to the scientific laboratories of Armenia, Georgia or Moldova - this is another conspiracy theory of the Russian media.

Belarus mobilised its air force fearing an imminent NATO invasion

Belarus put its combat planes Su-30SM on alert due to fears of a NATO invasion. The minister of Defence of the country reported that fighters took off from one of the airbases of the country, and this is due to a foreign invasion by NATO. Independent analysts pointed out that there is no other reason for patrolling the border. Finally, the NATO planes didn’t show up, fearing that this provocation may lead Russia to adopt similar measures, and today Eastern Europe is not ready for any conflict with Russia, even an insignificant one.

Disproof

Contrary to the claim, according to Belarusian media and authorities, the reported mobilisation of combat planes was part of a scheduled combat training exercise, not because the Belarusian government feared any external military aggression. There is no reason for NATO, a collective defence organisation, to launch an invasion of Belarus. This is part of a Russian disinformation campaign on post-electoral events in Belarus, merged with recurrent pro-Kremlin narratives portraying NATO as an ever-aggressive organisation and Russia as a mighty military power.

See other examples of pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives in Belarus, such as claims that the EU reaction to Lukashenko’s victory is an example of Western double standards; that the same lack of democracy and repression is present in EU countries that criticise them in Minsk; that the arrest of Russian mercenaries in Belarus was a Ukrainian provocation, and the Ukrainian secret services may have planned terrorist attacks on Belarusian territory; that the West wants to prepare another Maidan in the country; or that Belarusians, Ukrainians and Russians are one single nation.

Zelensky is a “sorosonysh”, more than 90% of Ukrainian authorities come from Soros’ “nursery”

Since 2014 Ukraine does not exist. There is (now) a Ukrainian colony controlled by globalists.  There were structures created to monitor the advancement of Soros’s political and economic goals under all executive bodies in Ukraine. Under the supposedly “independent” and “people’s” Zelenskyy, more than 90% of the authorities in one way or another come from Soros’ “nursery”.

Yes, and the President of Ukraine – sorosonysh [a Soros person]. Not so obvious, more cunning and “multi-vector”, but nevertheless – he surrounded himself with the Soros-people and acts in the interests of the structures of the globalist-oligarch.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory based on recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about George Soros. Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected President and parliament. You can find here several disinformation cases on Ukraine being under foreign control.

The word "sorosonysh" is often used in Ukrainain and Russian outlets to describe people who have now come to power in Ukraine and previously received grants from Western foundations, including the Renaissance Foundation, founded by George Soros. Some Ukrainian politicians try to frighten people, saying that "Soros people steal everything" and cause irreparable damage to Ukraine.