Disinfo: NATO promises not to move eastward were not fulfilled


Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has been repeatedly assured that NATO's jurisdiction and military forces will not move an inch eastward. All these promises were forgotten and not fulfilled. The result is the current deplorable state of European security.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on NATO enlargement.

NATO did not make any promises not to expand into eastern and central Europe back in 1990, which was confirmed by the former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Back in 2014, Gorbachev said:

"The topic of ‘NATO expansion’ was not discussed at all, and it wasn’t brought up in those years. I say this with full responsibility.”

Furthermore, the claim about NATO “expansion” misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not “expand” but considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join.

Read similar cases claiming that NATO forgot promises not to enlarge to the East, that It was agreed that NATO would never accept countries that border Russia, or that The US and Russia had an agreement that NATO wouldn't be enlarged.


  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/12/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, West
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Disinfo: Europe uses the situation with migrants to create a provocation against Lukashenka

What is happening now on the border between Belarus and Poland is not a Polish provocation against Belarus and its president, it is an American provocation.

Europe is not satisfied with blaming President Lukashenka for the migrant crisis, which is a Western provocation against the people of Belarus. It is trying to denigrate President Putin because of this situation as well.

Unfortunately, Europe is more busy blaming Belarus than solving this problem. It does not matter [for Europe] how many migrants die of starvation or cold. The main thing [for Europe] is to use all this effectively against President Lukashenka.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the ongoing migration situation on the eastern border of the European Union with Belarus.

There is plenty of evidence that the Belarusian authorities have instigated the ongoing migration crisis in Lithuania, Poland and Latvia. Lukashenka's regime is using migrants from the Middle East as "political and hybrid" tools against Lithuania and the entire EU.

Disinfo: Sputnik V is more effective against “Omicron” than Pfizer

Vaccines developed based on the adenovirus vector platform, including Sputnik V, show higher efficacy against the new COVID-19 strain (Omicron) than mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer/BioNTech.


A misleading claim that aims to discredit the efficacy of vaccines against COVID-19 produced by Western pharmaceutical companies.

Although it is true that the mRNA vaccines may not be as efficient against the Omicron variant as they have been against previous variants like Delta, this does not make the Sputnik V vaccine more efficient. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is working with technical partners to understand the potential impact of this variant on current vaccines, in a time where vaccines remain critical to reducing severe disease and death.

Disinfo: There is no religious persecution in Russia

It should be reiterated that there is no religious persecution in Russia. None of the inmates currently serving time in Russia could even remotely be described as "prisoners of conscience."


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative concerning the human rights situation in Russia.

Articles 19, 28, and 29 of the Russian Constitution explicitly state that Russian citizens shall be afforded the freedom of religion and that any "agitation instigating [...] religious hatred and strife shall not be allowed."