Disinfo: NATO uses “Russian threat” to justify its actions

Summary

NATO is increasing its military presence near the Russian border. The Alliance is using the “Russian threat” to justify this actions. The Baltic States are also using the “Russian threat”. They are concluding high-cost security agreements with the US and are deploying NATO military contingents in their territories.

Moscow has said many times that it has no plans to attack any country. NATO knows it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as having a belligerent agenda against Russia and claiming that the “Russian threat” is a false idea.

NATO does not seek confrontation with Russia. The Alliance indicated this position in the Brussels Summit Declaration in 2018. However, this declaration concludes that “Russia’s aggressive actions, including the threat and use of force to attain political goals, challenge the Alliance and are undermining Euro-Atlantic security and the rules-based international order”.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine is the source of NATO's concerns about the challenge Russia poses to the post-Cold War security order in Europe. As a result, NATO has reinforced the security of Alliance in the Baltic region. In 2016, at NATO's Warsaw Summit, it was decided to establish an enhanced forward presence (eFP) to the Baltic states and Poland as of 2017. The decision to establish eFP is based on the main principle of NATO that an attack on one Ally will be considered an attack on the whole Alliance.

See similar cases: NATO uses false “Russian threat” as pretext to expand its presence near Russian border, NATO exploits the idea of a “Russian threat” to deploy near Russian border, NATO does not serve the purpose of war prevention, it continues to wage wars.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian
  • Country: Russia, Baltic states, US
  • Keywords: security threat, Anti-Russian, NATO

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Disproof

This recurrent disinformation narrative is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism of the events of WWII.

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

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Disproof

Disinformation message about the US in the context of US 2020 presidential election.

The spike of votes for Biden observed on election night were not due to a reset and update of counting machines but, depending on the state, some manual corrections of previous errors or the counting of new batches of mail in votes.