DISINFO: NATO mission has ended with the dissolution of the USSR

DISINFO: NATO mission has ended with the dissolution of the USSR


What we are waiting to hear from the American president is ambitious plans to dismantle NATO, whose mission has effectively ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the need to dismantle NATO after the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

NATO’s objectives are set out in the 1949 Washington Treaty which forms the legal basis of the alliance. The treaty states that parties “are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security”.

Since then, more countries have chosen to join NATO. The Alliance has taken on new missions and adapted to new challenges, all the while sticking to its fundamental principles of security, collective defence, and decision-making by consensus.

Twice since the end of the Cold War, NATO has adopted new Strategic Concepts (in 1999 and 2010), adapting to new realities. Thus, rather than being disbanded, NATO adapted, and continues to change, to live up to the needs and expectations of Allies, and to promote their shared vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

The Alliance maintained its collective defence but also stepped up to manage conflicts beyond its territory, with missions in the Balkans and, following 9/11, in Afghanistan. NATO Allies also face other threats, including acts of terrorism in their own streets and cyber-attacks, while supporting efforts against COVID-19.

See more cases in our database with claims that NATO promised not to expand further east; or that NATO wants to create an anti-Russian "belt"; or that NATO forgot all the previously existing agreements; or that NATO is provoking a conflict in the Black Sea; or that NATO forces its agenda on Russia.

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