Disinfo: NATO is run by American racketeers: the US does not…

Summary

NATO is run by American racketeers: the US does not allow members of the Alliance to leave the organisation.

Disproof

Over the past 65 years, 28 countries have chosen freely, and in accordance with their domestic democratic processes, to join NATO. Not one has asked to leave. This is their sovereign choice. Article 13 of the Washington Treaty specifically gives Allies the right to leave should they wish to (bit.ly/21YUlKD), .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 19
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2016
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: NATO

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The Baltic states are transforming into police-dictatorial states, where representatives…

The Baltic states are transforming into police-dictatorial states, where representatives of ethnic communities who express different views and opinions are mistreated.

Disproof

One of the criteria the European Council set out for EU membership at the Copenhagen Summit in 1993 was "that the candidate country has achieved stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the respect for and protection of minorities". Before joining the EU the Baltic States were subjected to intensive scrutiny by the EU institutions aiming to ensure the rights of the Russian minority. See bit.ly/1SKeBvX, .