Disinfo: NATO never wanted to cooperate with Russia

Summary

NATO had several chances to include Russia in the common defence system, but this idea has been constantly refused for 70 years, which indicates the direction of the Alliance against Russia.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about aggressive, anti-Russian Western policies

In fact, there were many instances of NATO reaching out to Russia. NATO's relations with Russia started after the end of the Cold War when Russia joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (1991). Practical cooperation started after Russia joined the Partnership for Peace programme (1994) and deployed peacekeepers in support of NATO-led peace-support operations in the Western Balkans in the late 1990s. Dialogue and cooperation were strengthened in 2002 with the establishment of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) to serve as a forum for consultation on current security issues and to direct practical cooperation.

NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia due to its aggressive actions in Ukraine. However, NATO continues to keep channels for political dialogue open. The NATO-Russia Council, an important platform for dialogue, has never been suspended. There have been ten meetings since 2016.

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  • Reported in: Issue 176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik.az
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NATO is encircling Russia’s borders and creating an enemy image of Russia

We do not see a movement towards mutual security, but a movement in the opposite direction. The architecture of strategic stability is destroyed, and the security space is divided into individual fragments. One tries to replace the international legal system by the so-called ‘rule-based order’, the foreign policy (interests) formulated by a small group of Western countries.

NATO has expanded in several waves – it wants to be the source of legitimacy. Its military infrastructure has already reached Russia’s borders and NATO has intensively expanded its military potential in Eastern Europe, increased its arms spending to record levels and at the same time created an enemy image of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO threatening Russia.

NATO is not encircling Russia. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, less than one-sixteenth (1,215 kilometres), is shared with NATO members. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members.

JIT ignores Russian arguments and data provided from Almay-Antey on MH17 downing

Some countries mentioned a sad incident, the tragedy with the Malaysian Boeing. And again our colleague said that Russia does not cooperate with the investigation, with the international investigation.

Firstly I want to state, no one asked Russia to cooperate in this JIT-group.

Secondly, the facts which Russia provided to this investigation JIT-group in terms of quantity and quality outbid any contributions that any other country made to this investigation. These are primary raw data from the radar, a field trial conducted by Almaz-Antey and much more.

But to the simple question: “Where are the data from the Ukrainian radar, where are the records of the Ukrainian dispatchers and where are the long promised satellite images of the USA – then nobody can answer us.”

Disproof

One of the many recurring and occasionally competing disinformation narratives around the downing of flight MH17.

The claims by Buk manufacturer Almaz-Antey were debunked already in 2015 by Bellingcat. Russia's interest in aiding the JIT investigation is not a relevant condition of its membership in JIT. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group."