Disinfo: NATO is preparing for an offensive operation in Crimea


NATO's military exercises in Romania and Bulgaria are anti-Russian.

During exercises “Noble Jump 2021” NATO special forces simulating assault of Crimea. Officially exercises are testing the readiness of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force but in reality, it is a preparation for an offensive operation.


Recurring disinformation narrative about NATO and its military exercises.

NATO is conducting many exercises every year. The main point of military training is “to test procedures and tactics, develop best practices and identify areas for improvement. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction” (see more information about key NATO and Allied exercises 2021 here).

NATO exercises are defensive by their nature and not pose a threat to any country. The task of “Noble Jump 2021” is “to test the activation of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), the collaborative deployment planning, and the readiness and mounting functions for the VJTF”.

See more similar examples of disinformation: NATO exercises is a threat and provocation against Russia; NATO’s Spring Storm exercise in Estonia poses threat to Russia; NATO’s actions is openly anti-Russian.


  • Reported in: Issue 245
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/05/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Romania, Bulgaria
  • Keywords: Military exercise, Crimea, Anti-Russian, NATO
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[In a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament] Among the set of standard accusations against the Kremlin there were unproven reports of "Russian interference in the Western elections", meanwhile there were calls to support the "pro-democratic society" in Russia and directly interfere in Russia’s elections.


This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda to contain Russia. Consistent with the recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying any Russian responsibility in interfering in the elections of other countries, despite massive evidence to the contrary.

Russian interference in the US 2020 election has been established beyond doubt not only by US intelligence but also by law enforcement officials, journalists and researchers. Multiple attempts to influence the public discourse to favour one candidate over the other were uncovered throughout 2019 and 2020, though their ultimate success is disputed.

Disinfo: The USA and NATO will not defend the Baltic states from a Russian attack

The USA can come with the help [to the Baltic states] only if it lays in its tactical interest in the geopolitical game with Russia. Under certain circumstances, it may be unprofitable for the Americans to raise the question of “Putin's imperial aggression against the Russian neighbours", so even if Russia attacks, NATO allies will simply ignore the Baltic states.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO and the US military presence in Europe - it claims that the United States will not protect its European allies if it goes against the US national interests.

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty is the critical component of the Alliance – it assumes that if a NATO Ally is a victim of an armed attack, every other member of the Alliance will consider this an attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked. In other words, Article 5 is the cornerstone of NATO – it has been invoked only once in history as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Disinfo: The Memorandum of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia is NATO instrument to create anti-Russian "belt"

The Memorandum of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia is an instrument of the North Atlantic Alliance to create a kind of anti-Russian "belt".


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and its actions aimed at encircling Russia, presenting every cooperation action for European integration, especially of the countries of the former Soviet Union, as actions against Russia.

The claim refers to the signing, on May 17, 2021, in Kiev, of the Memorandum for cooperation in the field of European integration between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs from Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, also called the “Association Trio”. The memorandum sets out a series of objectives for the cooperation of the countries associated with the EU and provides the normative basis for undertaking joint diplomatic efforts, trilateral consultations, public communication actions, announces the Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs.