DISINFO: NATO is trying to dominate the whole world
  • Outlet: arabic.rt.com (archived)*
  • Date of publication: December 05, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Arabic
  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • Countries / regions discussed: Middle East, Russia
International Middle East Conspiracy theory NATO

DISINFO: NATO is trying to dominate the whole world


NATO’s adoption of the biggest budget in its history clearly demonstrates the alliance’s quest for hegemony in the whole world, including the Middle East.


A conspiracy theory based on no evidence trying to portray the West and the NATO as trying to dominate the world, and claiming that NATO is de facto aggressive.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. Its exercises and military deployments are not directed against any country, and its membership is geographically bounded and restricted to European and North American countries.

As for the claim that the increase in budget is evidence for the NATO's desire to dominate the world, those increases emerged as a response to a changed security environment, including a more assertive Russia, cyber and hybrid threats, instability across the Middle East and North Africa, and a continued terrorist threat. As a result, NATO allies pledged in 2014 to stop cuts to their defence budgets, increase defence spending, and move towards investing 2% of their GDP on defence within a decade. Since then, we have seen five consecutive years of growth in defence expenditure. This is about ensuring that NATO has the capabilities it needs to protect its populations against any threat, from any direction.

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