Disinfo: NATO violates the fundamental Russia-NATO agreement

Summary

NATO is building up its military infrastructure on the territories of its new member states, thus violating the fundamental Russia-NATO act, signed back in the 1990s and considered the basis of cooperation.

Disproof

Disinformation narrative about the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act.

The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation signed in 1997 does not prohibit the deployment of NATO troops from other countries on the territory of new NATO members in Eastern and Central Europe. Moreover, the very text of part IV political-military Matters reads:

NATO reiterates that in the current and foreseeable security environment, the Alliance will carry out its collective defence and other missions by ensuring the necessary interoperability, integration, and capability for reinforcement rather than by additional permanent stationing of substantial combat forces. Accordingly, it will have to rely on adequate infrastructure commensurate with the above tasks. In this context, reinforcement may take place, when necessary, in the event of defence against a threat of aggression and missions in support of peace consistent with the United Nations Charter and the OSCE governing principles, as well as for exercises consistent with the adapted CFE Treaty, the provisions of the Vienna Document 1994 and mutually agreed transparency measures. Russia will exercise similar restraint in its conventional force deployments in Europe.

The paragraph begins with the context of the current and foreseeable security environment of the 1990s. This environment has considerably changed and as states the Atlantic council and NATO on this issue, NATO did not violate the fundamental Russia-NATO act.

NATO has fully abided by this pledge. The four multinational battlegroups deploying to the eastern part of our Alliance are rotational, defensive and well below any reasonable definition of “substantial combat forces.” There has been no permanent stationing of substantial combat forces on the territory of eastern allies; and total force levels across the Alliance have, in fact, been substantially reduced since the end of the Cold War.

Russia, which pledged to exercise “similar restraint” has increased the numbers of its troops along Allied borders, and breached agreements which allow for verification and military transparency, in particular on military exercises.

By signing the NATO-Russia Founding Act, Russia also pledged not to threaten or use force against NATO Allies and any other state. It has broken this commitment, with the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, the territory of a sovereign state. Russia also continues to support militants in eastern Ukraine.

Read also: Poland provokes Russia and violates treaties by hosting the US military, Further deployment of US troops in Poland is a violation of the Russia-NATO Act of 1997.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 213
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: English, French
  • Country: Russia, Poland
  • Keywords: Sergei Lavrov, Diplomacy with Russia, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO

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