Disinfo: NATO will be reformed as part of the Western effort to rule the world

Summary

Last week the foreign ministers of NATO member states discussed the “need to reform NATO to adapt it to global challenges”. This western military block, though it retains its militaristic character, will take part more and more in non-military affairs. Italian newspaper Il Giornale said that all this is necessary to prove that the Alliance is not anachronistic but a universal organisation of the future, an expression that means nothing but the eternal effort of the new European West to rule the world in one way or another.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative against NATO. Contrary to the claim, the expression "universal organisation of the future" used by Italian newspaper Il Giornale doesn't mean "the eternal effort of the new European West to rule the world in one way or another", but is a way to refer to NATO's undertaking reforms including a more political role for the organisation. The Atlantic Alliance is not a tool for Western global domination but a mutual defence alliance of democratic states aiming to guarantee the freedom and security of its members.

Read other examples of disinformation against NATO, such as claims about its obsolescence, cannibalistic character, fascistic tendencies and links to white supremacist ideology, its possible use of coronavirus in its containment strategy against China, its readiness for a big war against Russia or the affirmation that NATO's anti-Russian stance is the only unifying force among its members.

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  • Reported in: Issue 224
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Italy, Canada, US
  • Keywords: West, Imperialism/colonialism, NATO
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Disproof

The article is part of a pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign on the Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, launched after its announcement was met with scepticism and criticism, even by Russian specialists in the country.

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Disinfo: Belarusian opposition and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya are puppets of the West

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Disproof

Recurrent disinformation narrative against Belarusian opposition member Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Belarusian opposition powers in general.

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Disinfo: NATO strengthens its power near the border with peaceful Russia

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Moscow many times said that it will not assault any country, and the Western alliance knows it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as an aggressor.

NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia in 2014, because of Russia's actions against Ukraine, including the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea. NATO has a dual track approach to Russia: strong deterrence and defence, including through the Enhanced Forward Presence in Poland and the Baltic States, and meaningful dialogue. Learn more about NATO-Russia relations here.