Disinfo: While everybody is looking at Syria, NATO prepares for war in the heart of Europe


The US withdrew its troops from Syria, but is sending its soldiers to Europe to prepare for a war against its geopolitical enemy, Russia. The US troops will take part in the exercises of rapid deployment in Eastern Europe called Atlantic Resolve. Unusually, for the first time, US troops will deploy in the Dutch city of Vlissingen, at a distance of 2,000 km from Moscow.


This is deliberate misreporting of an article published by Business Insider, which covered the Atlantic Resolve exercises. The original article states that the exercises are part of "the [US] Army's ongoing efforts to make sure it can get to a fight in Europe if one breaks out". However, it did not mention any preparations for an upcoming war in Europe, nor Russia as a geopolitical enemy and the distance between Vlissingen and Moscow.

This is part of a recurrent disinformation effort to portray NATO as an ever-expanding, aggressive power against a peaceful Russia. Here you can see other examples of this narrative, such as NATO's 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.


  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: NATO


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