DISINFO: One of the main reasons why Maidan was conceived: to have a NATO base in Crimea
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: Pervyi Kanal (archived)*
  • Date of publication: September 13, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 164
  • Countries / regions discussed: Ukraine
Tags:
Ukraine EU/NATO enlargement Crimea Euromaidan NATO

DISINFO: One of the main reasons why Maidan was conceived: to have a NATO base in Crimea

SUMMARY

One of the main goals, why Maidan was conceived: to have a NATO base in Crimea. Russia brilliantly blocked it.

RESPONSE

A highly repeated disinformation claim in Russian media about Euromaidan and Crimea. The alleged encroachments of NATO on the Ukrainian peninsula are among the most common disinformation narratives, to justify the illegal annexation of Crimea.

Euromaidan was a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. More cases on this topic here.

The NATO expansion is also a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative. NATO does not "expand" in the imperialistic sense described by the Kremlin leadership and Russian state media, but instead considers the applications of candidate countries that want to join the defensive alliance of their own national will. NATO enlargement is not directed against Russia.

The claim that NATO was planning to base ships and missiles in Crimea is fiction. The idea has never been proposed, suggested or discussed within NATO. In the Statement by the North Atlantic Council on Crimea on 18 March 2019, NATO condemned Russia's ongoing and wide-ranging military build-up in Crimea, and expressed concern by Russia's efforts and stated plans for a further military build-up in the Black Sea region.

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