DISINFO: NATO is luring Ukraine and the Scandinavian countries into the bloc
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DISINFO: NATO is luring Ukraine and the Scandinavian countries into the bloc

SUMMARY

NATO is luring es Ukraine and the Scandinavian countries into the bloc.

Attempts to artificially expand the North Atlantic Alliance, and in particular to draw Ukraine into it, do not stop. Quite interesting statements were made recently by the NATO leadership and from the US, that the Scandinavian countries, which are not members of NATO, would be welcome too. That is how an artificial lure, an artificial expansion of this structure goes, which, after the Cold War, after the disappearance of the Warsaw Pact, lost the meaning of its existence.

NATO's one-sided interpretation of its political obligations on non-expansion is “unacceptable and flawed”.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO enlargement, aimed at depicting NATO as an aggressive, expansionary power.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose primary aims are to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members. NATO poses no threat to Russia. During the Warsaw summit in July 2016, NATO has made it clear that "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia". This was also reaffirmed in the Brussels Summit Communiqué of 14 June 2021.

Furthermore, the claim about NATO “expansion” misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not “expand” but considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join exercising their free will to decide their alliance affiliation. Decisions regarding NATO membership are up to each individual applicant and the 30 NATO Allies. Russia has no right to intervene and cannot veto such a process.

Ukraine is a sovereign state, free to decide its political orientation incl. on international organisations and military alliances.

While Sweden and Finland are not members of NATO, they have developed close cooperation with the North Atlantic Alliance. Both Sweden and Finland have negatively reacted to Russia’s call for safeguards against NATO’s eastward expansion. The Swedish Foreign Minister stated “rejecting any future expansion of NATO will reduce the opportunities to make independent political choices”, while Finland responded to Russia’s call, saying it had “national room to manoeuvre”, including the possibility of military alignment and applying for NATO membership if it decided so itself.

NATO did not make any promises not to enlarge into eastern and central Europe back in 1990, which was confirmed by the former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Back in 2014, Gorbachev said that “The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. I say this with full responsibility”.

Read more about the myths and realities of NATO enlargement.

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