Disinfo: One of NATO’s main tasks: depriving Russia of its Syrian naval supply base


One of the main tasks of NATO in Syria was to deprive the Russian fleet of the naval supply base in Tartus, Syria.


This narrative fits a recurring narrative portraying NATO as having belligerent agenda against Russia, with no evidence given.

NATO does not operate in Syria and has not declared any interest in going after Tartus, and there is no official direct statement referring to Tartus. On the other hand, NATO is currently leading operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo and the Mediterranean.

The “Sea Guardian” mission in the Mediterranean Sea is helping “to maintain a secure and safe maritime environment while supporting the Alliance's three core tasks: collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security”.

Furthermore, the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 commander, Italian Rear Adm. Paolo Fantoni said that “...the Russians have always operated – the Soviet Union and Russia afterward – has operated from in the Mediterranean, always having assets deployed in the Mediterranean.. from the base in Tartus in Syria”, adding “We don’t have interactions with the Russians in terms of cooperation activity, but of course we monitor their activity, as I know they do with us".

Moreover, all Allies reaffirmed at the Brussels Summit that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia.”

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  • Reported in: Issue 203
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Syrian War, NATO


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Just to name a few: