Disinfo: NATO used Russia’s military exercise, Zapad 2017 as a pretext for deploying troops in the Baltic states and Poland

Summary

Everyone who wished to attend the exercise, did so, and confirmed that everything was transparent. But, while hysteria was whipped up, the U.S., together with NATO, was able to deploy additional military contingents and military hardware on the sly to the Baltic states and Poland.The excuse was used though the fears were not in the slightest justified, but as the phrase goes, the case is closed.

Disproof

As explained by DFRLab, while there are NATO troops and equipment in Poland and the Baltic states, Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov’s claim that the presence increased in response to Zapad 2017 is misleading. The United States did, in fact, deploy three additional fighter jets and 600 American paratroopers to the Baltic states and Poland for the duration of Zapad. However, the deployment was public, reported by Reuters at the time, and there is no evidence to suggest that the additional forces overstayed their visit.

Similarly, the recent arrival of the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to Poland, which was recently targeted by similar Kremlin disinformation, was a part of a planned rotation of U.S. Army Europe, a part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. As @DFRLab reported in October, the deployment of the 2nd Armed Brigade Combat Team was first announced in April 2017, six months before the start of Zapad 2017. There is no evidence to uphold the claim that the deployment was linked to Russia’s military exercise, but the deployment was rather a part of the rotational schedule. Further information at medium.com/dfrlab/balticbrief-russia-claims-secret-nato-deployment-e6c0e649ccfb,

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  • Reported in: Issue 92
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Poland, US, Baltic states, Russia
  • Keywords: Military, Military exercise, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
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There is, allegedly, a high number of members of the Russian secret services in the Czech Republic, who influenced the parliamentary elections and will influence the presidential elections. The presidential candidate, Jiří Dahoš, says that if he does not win the presidential election, it will be clear evidence that he is right.

Disproof

Jiri Drahoš voiced concern that the Russian secret services could influence presidential elections through pro-Russian orientated media referring to the elections in the U.S., France and Germany. He never mentioned that if he does not win, it will prove that he is right. Although the Czech Security Services said there was no reasonable suspicion that the elections would be influenced, it highlighted in a yearbook from October that "the roles and intensity of the activities of the Russian secret service increased in the Czech Republic last year. They gathered particularly sensitive information from political sphere. Czech Republic was also affected by operations that were part of a campaign against targets such as Ukraine, the EU or NATO, and the Russian secret services have a good network of contacts in the country, which they are continuing to develop. " zpravy.idnes.cz/drahos-ovlivnovani-voleb-tajne-sluzby-dyj-/domaci.aspx?c=A171201_104818_domaci_linv, zpravy.idnes.cz/bis-cina-rusko-cizinec-islamsky-stat-terorismus-tajne-sluzby-p6p-/domaci.aspx?c=A171024_123250_domaci_fka, www.bis.cz/vyrocni-zprava16e1.html?ArticleID=1136,

Europe will become Muslim

Migration from Islamic countries will change the life on the European continent. The unending flow of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East in the coming years will lead to a sharp increase of the number of Muslims in Europe. The number of adherents of Islam can grow threefold.

Disproof

The original research conducted by the Pew Reserch Center presents three scenarios concerning the Muslim migrants in the EU. The "islamisation" of the EU or any possibility of it is not mentioned. According to the "high migration" scenario, Europe’s Muslim population would grow to more than 75 million in 2050 – about 14% of the continent’s population. While Muslims would be considerably more numerous in this case, they would still be greatly outnumbered by both Christians and people with no religious affiliation.

The Patriarch of Ukraine asks Patriarch Kirill for forgiveness

The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, sent a letter to the Patriarch of Russia, Kirill, on November 16, in which he was asking for mercy and forgiveness.

Disproof

According to the Patriarchate of Ukraine, there has been no plea for forgiveness. The Patriarch of Ukraine, Philaret, stated in a press-conference that took place on December 2 that there neither has been any kind of plea for forgiveness, nor will be. Further debunking at Myth Detector mythdetector.ge/en/myth/patriarchate-russia-falsified-letter-patriarchate-ukraine, .