Disinfo: NATO, Ukraine and Georgia are heating up the situation in the Black Sea region

Summary

NATO is trying to aggravate the situation in the Black Sea region: ships from the Netherlands, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria have entered Georgian and Ukrainian ports. The manoeuvrers of the ships of the North Atlantic Alliance exacerbate the situation in the region. NATO specifically provokes Russia: the Alliance takes advantage of any country that is located next to Russia.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative about NATO belligerence and NATO encircling Russia. On April 5, large-scale naval exercises of the NATO countries, Ukraine and Georgia started in the Black Sea. The ships of the North Atlantic Alliance entered the Ukrainian and Georgian ports earlier - on April 1. The Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, has repeatedly stated that such exercises are always planned in advance and are known long before the start of military training. Earlier in Georgia, during the March military exercises with the participation of the military of the Alliance, they stressed that the Georgian side is not going to attack anyone. The main goal of all the training of the Georgian military with NATO experts is to increase the country's defence capability. As for one of the most common Russian narratives, the aspiration of Ukraine and Georgia to NATO membership “threatens the security of Russia”, and the main purpose of Brussels’s cooperation with Tbilisi and Kyiv is to “provoke the Kremlin” - this is a classic Russian manipulation. On April 4, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declared that Ukraine and Georgia are sovereign states that are free to build their own foreign policy on their own, without regard to Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/04/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Georgia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: New Cold War, European Union, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
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NATO is the global fuse to ignite war

Today, NATO is the fuse the Anglo-Saxon powers use to ignite wars, just as the same powers instigated a war against Austria-Hungary and the German Reich. The same fuse passes over the Versailles treaty in 1919 and the Second World War.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to peace and having a belligerent agenda. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. Its exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. NATO is regularly updating the military requirements for civilian infrastructure, at a time when there are increased challenges to security.

NATO cultivates Cold War block thinking and considers Russia as an enemy

NATO continues to cultivate old ways of thinking and the image of Russia as an enemy. One of the main objectives of the Western military alliance is still the “fight against the aggression of Moscow”. Moscow keeps calling for an end to Cold War block thinking. But that would mean the alliance having to search for a new meaning and new goals. For NATO it is easier to live with the good old enemy image.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO having a belligerent agenda against Russia. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has introduced sweeping changes to its membership and working practices – changes made clear by its adoption of new Strategic Concepts in 1999 and 2010. Accusations that NATO has retained its Cold War purpose ignore the reality of those changes. Moreover, NATO reached out to Russia with a series of partnership initiatives, culminating in the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002. No other country outside the alliance has such a privileged relationship with NATO. As stated by NATO heads of state and government at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016, "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest".

NATO promised Russia it would not expand after the Cold War

In 1989 NATO promised Russia it would not expand after the Cold War.

Mikhail Gorbachev knew: If East Germany joins NATO, the Eastern European countries could then follow this example. But the West assured him at the time that the alliance would not expand.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that NATO had promised that the Alliance would not expand to the East.

NATO Allies take decisions by consensus and these are recorded. There is no record of any such decision having been taken by NATO. Personal assurances from individual leaders cannot replace Alliance consensus and do not constitute formal NATO agreement.