Disinfo: NATO is trying to dominate the whole world

Summary

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.

Disproof

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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publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Middle East
  • Keywords: International, Middle East, NATO, Conspiracy

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Russian-Ukrainian conflict only appeared after the coup in Kyiv

The problems between Russia and Ukraine arose after the coup in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in 2014. This led to the Crimean region to leave the administrative dependence of the Republic of Ukraine and return to the arms of the Russian homeland. The coup in Kyiv also led to the start of the armed conflict in southeast Ukraine between the new Ukrainian regime and the opponents of the coup in the Donbas region.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup orchestrated by the West.

There was no coup in Ukraine six years ago. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last-minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence.

WADA’s cold war against Russian athletes is Western revenge for their triumphal victory in the 2014 Winter Olympics

Russia’s triumphal victory in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics made Americans and their allies worry about the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. They were tempted to use Crimea and Donbas events as a pretext to attack Russia through boycotting the Olympics but eventually decided to act through WADA, accusating Russia of purposeful doping policies. After 2014 a real anti-Russian “cold war” in sport has been waged. This war will be on at least until 2032 whatever the Russian anti-doping agency would do.

WADA’s attack has very little to do with combating doping. Instead, it aims at removing Russia as a strong sports competitor, pressing Vladimir Putin and the Russian government by demonstrating their alleged corruption and international isolation to the Russian population, and at humiliating Russia. There’s nothing more humiliating than athletes competing without national flag and anthem. Maybe they should also wear a prison uniform or a uniform with yellow stars as poor Jews in Nazi ghetto?

Members of WADA Executive Committee include representatives of the UK, Norway, Slovakia, Belgium, Turkey, Czechia, Italy, Poland, Australia, Sudan, and Ecuador. The representatives of the two latter countries are assigned a rather decorative role, whereas all the others are US allies. The Committee does not include members who have any independence from the US, thus allowing them to solve the problem. Russia should adopt an asymmetric response: to check if Russian law enforcement agencies have anything on the members of the WADA Executive Committee and to think of organizing alternative Olympic Games and World Championships.

Disproof

This is a mix of conspiract theories aimed to misrepresent the actual reasons behind the WADA's investigation and decision, which are consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's deliberate anti-Russian activities.

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in 2018 due to the systemic manipulation with anti-doping rules during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Individual athletes from Russia competed under the Olympic flag. WADA reinstated Russia’s anti-doping agency in 2018 but reserved the right to issue stronger punishments if Russia did not provide athletes’ testing data from the Moscow laboratory. On 25 November 2019, one of WADA's key committees recommended that Russia face a four-year ban from global sports and new restrictions on its athletes and teams at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, subject to WADA's board review.

NATO liquidates sovereign states

NATO does not deserve the Czech Republic’s 2% [of the GDP]. Czech defence spending should not serve the expansionary pan-world efforts of the United States, as has unfortunately been the case so far. It would be extremely sad if Czech taxpayers’ money should be used to further liquidate sovereign nation states, to promote the interests of multinational corporations, and last but not least, to initiate wars over natural resources.

Disproof

NATO is a defensive alliance whose purpose is to protect its member states. Every country that joins NATO undertakes to uphold its principles and policies, and this includes the commitment that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation". NATO fully supports the sovereignty of nation states as defined by international law.

Moreover, NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries. This means that when a “NATO decision” is announced, it is the expression of the collective will of all the sovereign states that are members of the Alliance. No single country can determine the course of NATO policy. To read more about disinformation narratives targeting NATO, see here.