DISINFO: NATO is not a defensive alliance, it attacks countries illegitimately
  • Outlet: oroszhirek.hu (archived)*
  • Date of publication: February 09, 2022
  • Article language(s): Hungarian
  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia, Kosovo, Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq
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DISINFO: NATO is not a defensive alliance, it attacks countries illegitimately


Middle Eastern people, for instance from Libya, Afghanistan or Iraq, know from their own experience that NATO is not a defensive alliance. What they did in Belgrade is also very far from what a peaceful organisation would do.


Recurring disinformation narrative concerning NATO's alleged aggressive policies.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO members are only obliged to join hostilities if a member state was attacked in Europe or North America. Article 5 was invoked only once, after the 9/11 attacks.

As for the NATO campaign against Yugoslavia, it came in response to a new wave of ethnic cleansing launched by Serbian forces against the Kosovar Albanians on 20 March 1999. The NATO operation for Kosovo in 1999 followed over a year of intense efforts by the UN and the Contact Group, of which Russia was a member, to bring about a peaceful solution. The NATO-led peacekeeping operation originally included Russia as well, which has been under UN mandate (UNSCR 1244).

Moreover, the NATO-led operation in Libya was launched under the authority of two UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR), 1970 and 1973, both quoting Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and neither of which were opposed by Russia.


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