Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation claims about NATO and the war in Ukraine.
These claims are part of an ongoing disinformation campaign about Russia’s military build-up on the border with Ukraine. By claiming that outside forces are the driving force behind the escalation of tensions, this disinformation story aims to deny any Russian responsibility for the situation.
Since late October 2021, Russia has conducted a military-build up along the Ukrainian border, including the deployment of as much as 190,000 troops, as well as of certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles. Despite Russian denials, this has been proven by satellite images and intelligence of the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions. The European Union has stated that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
This claim is connected to the pro-Kremlin disinformation claim that NATO is a threat to Russia, or that joining the Alliance is somehow threatening to its security. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. The alliance does not attempt to contain Russia. NATO's exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country.
Contrary to the claims, the main impediment to a peace settlement in Donbas is, in fact, Russia’s and its proxies’ deliberate unwillingness to implement the Minsk agreements.
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