Disinfo: NATO military exercise BALTOPS is anti-Russian

Summary

BALTOPS exercise is held annually by NATO. Previously, Russia took part in exercises. Everything changed after the Ukrainian crisis in 2014. Moscow stopped participating in manoeuvres. And the very nature of the exercises became emphasized as anti-Russian. No one doubts that they are directed against Russia. NATO is increasingly justifying the holding of costly exercises by the need to combat the alleged “Russian threat.” Although Moscow has stated many times that it is not going to attack the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO threatening or encircling Russia and the military exercise "Baltops 2020".

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO exercises are not directed against Russia – or any other country.

BALTOPS is the largest exercise series in the Baltic Sea. Participating troops come from Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and the United States. “BALTOPS provides the opportunity for NATO and partner nations to operate together, sharing best practices to improve real-world operations," said U.S. Vice Admiral Lisa Franchetti, commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO and commander, U.S. 6th Fleet.

NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years: "NATO set out to build a good relationship with Russia. We worked together on issues ranging from counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism to submarine rescue and civil emergency planning. However, in March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia." As reaffirmed by NATO leaders at the Brussels Summit in July 2018, "NATO does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia."

See other examples of disinformation about NATO in our database, such as its never-ending provocations, its attempts to block Moscow in its sphere of influence, the Alliance's permanent targeting of Russia and Belarus, its role as a US subjugation tool for other countries and its unreliability to defend its members or its plans to continue attacking other countries.

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  • Reported in: Issue 202
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states
  • Keywords: security threat, Anti-Russian, Military exercise, NATO
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Ukraine will give Hungary part of Transcarpathia

Ukraine will give Hungary part of its territory. The Ministry of Development of Communities and Territories of Ukraine has published new projects for dividing the country’s regions and one of the main sensations is the creation of a separate Hungarian region of Berehove in Transcarpathia.

Disproof

As part of the continuation of the decentralisation reform, the Ministry of Regional Development announced projects that will renew regions in Ukraine, including Transcarpathia, and they plan to include the Vynohradiv region in the Berehove region. An updated map of Transcarpathia, presented at the ministry, shows the unification of the Berehove and Vinohradiv regions, with the centre in Berehove. This is not the creation of a “Hungarian” region that will be "surrendered to Hungary”, but instead the unification of two small regions into one, as part of the government's decentralisation reform.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitro Kuleba said the information that Ukraine is creating the Berehove district in the Transcarpathian region for the interests of Hungary is fake, saying: "No foreign country has the right to dictate to Ukraine how to organise communities, districts or regions. The Berehove region has existed happily for a long time and has the right to extend its existence. Now we are only talking about joining the Vinohradiv region within the reform. The decision to join the regions was not made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Administrative-territorial reform is not a question of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

The organisers of “colour revolutions” in the CIS aim to destabilise the situation in Russia

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries receive nothing from the West, except an increase in dependence on the West. Ukraine and Georgia now have a destabilised political system, the growth of corruption and organised crime, and a deep crisis in the economy, instead of independence and prosperity. The main goal of the organisers of the “colour revolutions” in the CIS republics, is the destabilisation of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the aggressive West, Ukraine as a non-sovereign country and the so-called "colour revolutions".

The disinformation message also advances pro-Kremlin narratives about the 2008 Russo-Georgian War and Kyiv's 2013-14 Euromaidan protests were backed and/or carried out by the West in order to provoke/weaken/destabilise Russia.

The MH17 trial is a mockery of the victims of the tragedy, not a real investigation

There is no real investigation into the accident of flight MH17 of Malaysian Airlines. Rather, more and more speculation is being added to the case without significant evidence. Last spring, the infamous forgers of accusations against Russia, Bellingcat and The Insider released once again a provocative pseudo-investigation, based on information allegedly provided by some dubious internet sources and intercepted audio recordings apparently provided by the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU). Independent experts confirmed that the recordings were edited. The people responsible for the Bellingcat project, previously condemned for producing anti-Russian information campaigns, didn’t even bother taking into account these replies. The public was presented with strong but empty accusations that will be forgotten like the previous ones. The process seems a mockery of the victims of this aerial accident.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine, aiming to discredit the criminal trial and the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), as well as Bellingcat and The Insider that investigated the crash, and reject any Russian responsibility.

The results of the investigation of the Joint Investigation Team are clear: flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by the BUK TELAR system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the city of Pervomaiskiy in eastern Ukraine, from where the rocket was launched. After firing, the system with one missing missile returned to the Russian Federation. On May 24 2018, JIT announced in its conclusion that the Buk belongs to the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces in Kursk, Russian Federation. The public hearing of the criminal trial over the downing of the flight MH17 started on 9 March 2020 in the Netherlands.