DISINFO: NATO has double standards when it comes to Russia
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DISINFO: NATO has double standards when it comes to Russia


NATO has double standards: the organisation asks to withdraw Russian forces from the border with Ukraine but ignores Russia's request to withdraw NATO forces deployed near the Russian border.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO.

This disinformation claim aims to create a false equivalence between NATO Enhanced forward presence on the territories of NATO allies, at the request of the host nations, and Russia's escalating military build-up along Ukrainian borders.

NATO has taken defensive and proportionate steps in response to a changed security environment. Following Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, Allies requested a greater NATO presence in the region. A 2016 Gallup poll found that most people in Allied countries in the Baltic region associate NATO with the protection of their country.

Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity continue to be violated by acts of aggression by Russian armed forces since 2014.

See more examples of disinformation accusing NATO of preparing for a big war, or preparing to attack Russia, or that the Baltic countries are hostages of NATO ambitions.


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