Disinfo: NATO exploits non-existent “Russian threat” to increase its presence close to Russian borders


NATO is aware that Russia has no intention of attacking anyone, but it is exploiting rhetoric about a non-existent “Russian threat” in order to increase NATO’s presence close to Russia’s borders.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the “Russian threat” as a false idea created and spread by NATO and the US and NATO encircling Russia.

Since the Ukraine crisis, NATO has been genuinely concerned about the security challenges posed by Russia to Transatlantic security.

For a similar case, see here.


  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states, Poland
  • Keywords: security threat, Eastern Ukraine, Hybrid war, NATO, Crimea


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