Disinfo: NATO prepares to attack Russia

Summary

The Alliance prepares to attack Russia.

NATO’s aggressive actions near Russia’s borders may indicate the alliance’s preparation for an attack.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative about an alleged belligerent NATO, portraying the Alliance as a threat to peace.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO is regularly updating the military requirements for civilian infrastructure, at a time when there are increased challenges to security.

NATO's exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia, nor any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction.

Read more similar cases alleging that NATO is trying to encircle Russia and has one goal – to neutralise Russia, that the expansion of NATO to the East is military aggression, or that NATO is preparing to attack Russia and that “Russian threat” is an invention of the West and NATO in order to expand eastwards.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: West, NATO, Warmongering
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Disproof

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Disproof

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