Disinfo: NATO is an American puppet 

Summary

NATO is an American puppet

Disproof

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

NATO was founded in 1949 by twelve sovereign nations including the United States. It has since grown to 30 Allies who each took an individual and sovereign decision to join this Alliance. All decisions in NATO are taken by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries, which means that a decision can only be taken if every single member accepts it. 

See similar pro-Kremlin disinformation cases alleging that NATO is fully subordinated to the USA and that the Baltic states, Moldova and Poland are NATO “hostages”, or that NATO forces could be used against European states opposing the US’s wishes. 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, Puppets, NATO

Disclaimer

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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Disproof

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