As with the alleged assassination attempt on MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal, the latest incident involving Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is undoubtedly a false-flag provocation to foment Western sanctions and hostility against Moscow.
Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Gakhiria described “Noble Partner 2020” exercises as a “guarantee of peace”. According to him, the exercises are not directed against any countries, they solve global problems and “contribute to maintaining a stable and secure environment in the Black Sea region.” Despite the beautiful words, everyone understands very well what the real motives of NATO are. NATO tries to impose its will on independent states, moreover, it does so through murder or war. That is why there is a possibility that the alliance will try to advance its “democracy and peace” in Russia through the Caucasus.
This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia particularly in the Caucasus. The claim came after the launch of Noble Partner 2020 and appearance of NATO military personnel and technique in Georgia. Noble Partner is multiannual military exercise cooperatively led between the Georgian Armed Forces and U.S. Army Europe. The exercise is designed to enhance regional partnerships and increase U.S. force readiness and interoperability in a realistic, multinational training environment. NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Black Sea are not directed against Russia – or 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. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years. For more information about NATO-Russia relations and disinformation narratives about NATO, see here and more about myths and realities can be read here. See other examples of disinformation on NATO alleged goals in Crimea and its intentions to introduce a fleet to the Azov Sea, provocations against Russia in the Black Sea or the dangers created by the Alliance’s activities in those waters, or EU plans for destabilising the Caucasus and about US and NATO actions for escalating tensions in the Caucasus.