Disinfo: NATO is an ineffective relic of the Cold War

Summary

Relying on NATO, which is an ineffective historical relic of the Cold War, is blatantly stupid and this mantra can be sustained only through massive propaganda. NATO is increasingly trying to drag us into wars that have nothing to do with the security of its members.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining NATO's role as a defensive military alliance.

No evidence is given for the claim that NATO is attempting to initiate and drag its members into wars that have nothing to do with their security. This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that NATO has an aggressive agenda and is a threat to international peace and security.

Concerning the claim that NATO is the relic of the Cold War, at the London Summit in 1990, Allied heads of state and government agreed "to keep standing together, to extend the long peace". This was their sovereign choice and was fully in line with their right for collective defence. Since then, thirteen more countries have chosen to join NATO. Twice since the end of the Cold War, NATO has adopted new Strategic Concepts (in 1999 and 2010), adapting to new realities. Thus, rather than being disbanded as a relic, NATO adapted, and continues to change, to live up to the needs and expectations of Allies, and to promote their shared vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

After Russia’s annexation of Crimea and amid emerging security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa in 2014, NATO leaders at the Wales Summit adopted the Readiness Action Plan, a comprehensive package of enhanced collective defence and deterrent measures designed to ensure the transatlantic alliance could respond swiftly and firmly to changes in its security environment.

See similar cases such as NATO is monstrous Cold war relic, NATO cultivates Cold War thinking and considers Russia as an enemy, NATO is fully subordinated to the USA, and Baltic states, Moldova, Poland are NATO “hostages”.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Czech
  • Country: Slovakia, Czech Republic
  • Keywords: Cold War, NATO, Warmongering

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Disproof

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