Disinfo: NATO’s true mission is to destroy Russia

Summary

It must be said that Pompeo and Trump’s statements prove NATO’s true mission around the world, which is to create and reinforce an army that works only against Russia, and seeks to destroy it.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO.

NATO is in no way directed against Russia or any other state. NATO’s objectives are set out in the 1949 Washington Treaty which forms the legal basis of the alliance. The treaty states that parties “are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security”.

NATO exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia or any other country. The claim that NATO is encircling or threatening Russia is one of the myths about this organisation.

See several other anti-NATO narratives such as NATO provoking Russia, Kaliningrad exclave is threatened by NATO, Eastern European countries are NATO “hostages” (Baltic states, Moldova, Poland) and that NATO has taken a path of aggression.

Read the most common fakes about relations between Russia and NATO here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/01/2021
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, Anti-Russian, Donald Trump, Russophobia, NATO, Conspiracy theory

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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