Disinfo: NATO prepares for a great conflict

Summary

NATO’s military exercises in the Baltic countries, Poland, in the Black Sea and Baltic Sea indicate that it is preparing for a large-scale conflict. Also, NATO promotes theories about the “Russian military threat”, interpreting any Russian security process or any planned transparent military construction event as a threat to peace.

Disproof

This claim involves speculation without any evidence. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about  NATO's belligerence towards Russia, portraying the Alliance as a threat to peace.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd.

In direct response to Russia's use of military force against its neighbours, NATO has deployed four multinational battlegroups to the Baltic States and Poland. These forces are rotational, defensive and proportionate. They cannot compare to the three divisions Russia has established in its Western Military and Southern Military Districts. Before Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, there were no plans to deploy Allied troops to the eastern part of the Alliance. NATO's aim is to prevent conflict, protect its Allies, and preserve the peace.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: English, Russian, Serbian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states, Poland
  • Keywords: security threat, Anti-Russian, War preparation, NATO
  • Outlet: News Front Srbija, Novosti, Sputnik Srbija, RT, Red Star, Sputnik Armenia
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A new Union of Journalists for “independent media” established in Finland

A new Union of Journalists for alternative – a better description would be independent – media established in Finland.

Disproof

The context: The actual Union of Journalists in Finland (UJF), www.journalistiliitto.fi, , has nearly 15 000 members who work for the print media, broadcasting, publishing and new communications media. It is an independent trade union that negotiates collective bargaining agreements. It works to further the financial, social and professional standing of its members, both salaried and freelancers. The union does not belong to but cooperates with trade union confederations.

The copycat NGO has been registered officially within the Finnish Register of Associations in 2016 with the name "Suomen vapaa sana riippumaton toimittajayhdistys ry". However, this Union imitates the UJF URL address (www.journalistiliitto.com), . Vice-chair of the copycat organisation is also MV-lehti's editor-in-chief, a Finn who resided for years in occupied Donetsk and ran a propaganda media operation there. In the "About" section of the website the war in Ukraine is described as a "civil war", which is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation. See the archived version of the web page here.

Crimea returned to the embrace of Russia

Relations between Russia and Ukraine are experiencing high political tension since the return of Crimea in March 2014 to the embrace of Russia. Beside this, Moscow has supported the authorities and residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk to unilaterally declare their independence from Kyiv. The conflict appeared after the outbreak of an acute crisis in Ukraine in 2014, which led to a power change in Kyiv. The new rulers hardened their approach to the Russian-speaking population.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Crimea did not "return" to Russia but was illegally annexed by Moscow. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17 December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea.

NATO: We will bring Serbia back to the stone age

NATO’s generals have unequivocally announced that they will bring “Belgrade, and all of Serbia, back to the Stone Age.” NATO’s strikes and its armed attacks have killed more than 140,000 people.

Does anyone today believe NATO’s allegations that Russia intends to attack it?

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in former Yugoslavia, and the claim that the “Russian threat” is a false idea.

The NATO operation for Kosovo followed over a year of intense efforts by the UN and the Contact Group, of which Russia was a member, to bring about a peaceful solution.