Disinfo: NATO is an offensive military alliance turning peaceful regions into zones of armed conflict


Under the guise of words about peace and security, the US and its allies are preparing for a battle with Russia, disregarding the fate of neighbouring countries and peoples.

It should be recalled that it was not Russia that approached the borders of the Alliance, but NATO which expanded to the Russian borders. And for a long time it has been practicing hybrid wars in the format of "colour revolutions" in the CIS space. NATO is not a humanitarian organisation and poses a potential threat to the security of the Russian Federation.

The growing "forward presence" of the military infrastructure and foreign troops of NATO in Romania and the Baltic countries is a vivid example of the gradual transformation of peaceful regions and seas into a zone of armed conflict.


Recurring disinformation narrative about NATO, US presence in Europe and encircled Russia. The article also contains a regular narrative about the colour revolutions that the US and Western countries allegedly finance and promote to overthrow governments or gain a geopolitical advantage.

NATO is not an offensive alliance, as implied by the article, but is a defensive alliance in which every country that joins NATO undertakes to uphold its principles and policies. This includes the commitment that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia".

The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation signed in 1997 does not prohibit the deployment of NATO troops from other countries on the territory of new NATO members in Eastern and Central Europe.

Following the illegal annexation of Crimea, NATO took measures to reassure its Eastern European allies, and to strengthen its deterrence and defence posture, by implementing the agreements of the Wales Summit in 2014 and established NATO’s enhanced forward presence in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The continued threat posed by Russia was recently summed up by NATO's Brussels Summit Communiqué of 2021 which concludes that:

Russia’s growing multi-domain military build-up, more assertive posture, novel military capabilities, and provocative activities, including near NATO borders, as well as its large-scale no-notice and snap exercises, the continued military build-up in Crimea, the deployment of modern dual-capable missiles in Kaliningrad, military integration with Belarus, and repeated violations of NATO Allied airspace, increasingly threaten the security of the Euro-Atlantic area and contribute to instability along NATO borders and beyond.

Finally, pro-Kremlin outlets have previously applied the 'colour revolution' narrative to Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong, Catalonia and the Arab countries. This narrative claims that protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of popular discontent but are colour revolutions directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors in order to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change. In reality, protests in the above-mentioned countries started by spontaneous and often peaceful demonstrations, sparked by events that shook a nation’s popular consciousness.


  • Reported in: Issue 249
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/06/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian, Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, Eastern Europe, Military, security threat, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Baltic states, Colour revolutions
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