Disinfo: NATO/US military exercises in Europe are directed against Russia and Belarus


Future military exercises of NATO and Americans in Europe are directed against Russia and Belarus. Russia’s reaction will be extremely negative. Such large-scale exercises with Navy, Air Force and the involvement of heavy armoured vehicles, can be considered as very serious military preparations. Moreover, as preparations for war.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to peace and about the belligerent West aiming to conduct aggressive activities against Russia. When it comes to the conspiracy theory about NATO's plans to wage a war against Russia, NATO has addressed this on its official website. Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd.

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".


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Armenia, Russia, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Military exercise, NATO


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