DISINFO: NATO’s new military strategy aims to defeat Russia in the new nuclear arms race and to ruin Russia’s economy
  • Outlet: it.sputniknews.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: May 25, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Italian
  • Reported in: Issue 152
  • Countries / regions discussed: Russia

DISINFO: NATO’s new military strategy aims to defeat Russia in the new nuclear arms race and to ruin Russia’s economy


NATO’s new military strategy aims to eliminate Russia as a military and economic competitor. According to this new strategy, NATO must defeat Russia in the nuclear arms race and ruin [“bleed”] Russia’s economy.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to peace and having a belligerent agenda. There is no evidence that the new NATO strategy seeks to “eliminate Russia as a military competitor”, nor that it aims to “defeat Russia in the nuclear arms race” and to “ruin the Russian economy”. On the 22nd of May 2019 NATO Allied Chiefs of Defence met in Brussels for the 181st Military Committee in Chiefs of Defence Session. At the meeting the Allied Chiefs of Defence discussed and signed NATO’s new military strategy. As NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained to Welt am Sontag, since 2014 NATO faces a new security environment and new security challenges from the East and from the South. Among the new challenges , according to Stoltenberg, is a heightened Russian nuclear threat. The new NATO military strategy has been developed in order to adapt to this new security environment. Stoltenberg had previously expressed NATO’s concern about Russia’s military build-up and non-compliance of the INF Treaty. He also stated that NATO would not engage in a nuclear arms race with Russia: “NATO has no intention of deploying land-based nuclear missiles in Europe…. but NATO will always take the necessary steps to provide credible and effective deterrence.”


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