NATO will use Georgia and Ukraine for provocations against Russia, without giving them full membership

Summary

NATO will not give full membership to Ukraine, or Georgia, nor other countries participating in various programmes of interaction with the alliance. NATO will use their territories for various provocations against Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and NATO belligerence, as well as about Ukraine and Georgia and cooperation with NATO.

NATO’s essential and enduring purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means.

Ukraine is a strategic partner for NATO in many areas. Since the 1990s, relations between NATO and Ukraine have developed into one of NATO’s most influential partnerships. In February 2019, the Parliament of Ukraine amended the Constitution and cemented Ukraine's course to the EU and NATO.

NATO's door remains open to any European country in a position to undertake the commitments and obligations of membership and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area. Currently, four partner countries have declared their aspirations for NATO membership: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia and Ukraine, according to NATO’s statement.

The narrative is part of a larger campaign aiming at influencing public support against Georgia's NATO aspirations and portray neutrality as the most rational foreign policy choice for Georgia. See here for other examples of disinformation targeting Georgia.

More information about NATO and Georgian relations can be read here and NATO/ US military assistance to Georgia can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Georgia
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, Encircling Russia, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia time [0:48-1:05]
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Disproof

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Disproof

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