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


NATO strengthens its power near the border with Russia. Alliance justify it by “Russian threat”. The Baltic states – for example, Lithuania – made hight-costs defence contracts with the US, explaining it by the threat of “Russian aggression”. The Baltic states deploy the military contingents of NATO on their territory.

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


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.

Lithuania is investing in modernisation of military forces. I.e., Vilnius decided to buy 6 new helicopters UH60M “Black Hawk” , but the US is not the only one trade partner of Lithuania in the area of military purchases. I.e., four years ago, Lithuania bought new armoured fighting vehicles from Germany.

See similar examples of disinformation accusing NATO of making plans against Russia: NATO uses “Russian threat” to justify its actions; NATO exploits the idea of a “Russian threat” to deploy near Russian borders; The US plans to turn the Baltic states into an empty field and arena for Drang nach Osten against Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian, Lithuanian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states, Lithuania, US
  • Keywords: security threat, Encircling Russia, Donbas, NATO, Crimea


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