NATO is a foreign policy instrument of the USA

Summary

NATO has become a foreign policy instrument of the USA, which has no allies but only vassals.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on NATO as a geopolitical project of the US.

NATO was founded in 1949 by twelve sovereign nations: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States.  It has since grown to 29 Allies who each took an individual and sovereign decision to join this Alliance.

All decisions in NATO are taken by consensus, which means that a decision can only be taken if every single Ally accepts it.

No member of the Alliance can order the deployment of armed forces of other member states.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: German, Russian
  • Country: International, US
  • Keywords: security threat, US presence in Europe, Russophobia, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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NATO is the global fuse to ignite war

Today, NATO is the fuse the Anglo-Saxon powers use to ignite wars, just as the same powers instigated a war against Austria-Hungary and the German Reich. The same fuse passes over the Versailles treaty in 1919 and the Second World War.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to peace and having a belligerent agenda.

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.  NATO is regularly updating the military requirements for civilian infrastructure, at a time when there are increased challenges to security.

Western cybersecurity company is US media’s sole source of information on Russian hybrid warfare

Dmitri Alperovitch, one of the founders of the US-based cybersecurity company Crowdstrike and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, is effectively the only source for the American media on Russian hackers and the hybrid war the Kremlin is waging against the world.

Disproof

This is part of a long-standing Russian narrative of denying involvement any cyberwarfare incidents and shifting the blame to Moscow’s perceived adversaries.

Among other reliable sources, US, UK, German and Dutch intelligence agencies, US and European think tanks, and international IT and cybersecurity companies like Microsoft, Fidelis, Fireeye and Symantec regularly report cybersecurity incidents of various gravity originating from Russia. Most reputable media dedicate features to anniversaries of Russian hacking activities and provide overviews of the latest developments in Russia’s booming cyberwarfare sector. Therefore, Dmitri Alperovitch is very far from being the only source of information on Russian hackers and hybrid warfare for the US media.

Ukraine was involved in the Malaysian Boeing MH17 catastrophe

The Ukrainian authorities were involved in the catastrophe of the Malaysian Boing over Donbas on 17 July 2014.

The Boeing catastrophe has connections to the Ukrainian side, this is confirmed by various facts. There is no doubt the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and his press agency knew about the catastrophe beforehand. Other Kyiv officials have also been connected to the case.

Disproof

An often-repeated pro-Kremlin narrative on the downing of MH17.

Bellingcat published numerous reports on the MH17 catastrophe investigation conducted by various parties with evidence supporting the lack of Ukrainian involvement into the catastrophe and proving Russia's involvement instead.