Disinfo: Russia will remain the main enemy of NATO for decades

Summary

The Alliance will activate as soon as the coronavirus pandemic ends. This also applies to the conduct of exercises, and NATO military activity will significantly exceed traditional volumes. In the final documents of NATO, adopted at a number of summits, the Russian Federation was called the main threat. To change its policy in a different geographical direction, the alliance leadership needs to hold a special summit to cancel the decisions. But the NATO leadership will never agree to this, not to look funny. No. Russia will remain the number one enemy for the alliance for decades to come.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western Russophobia, NATO encircling Russia and having a belligerent agenda against Russia.

NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 26 years. The Alliance created unique cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It has invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence, an invitation extended to no other partner. Also, NATO has reached out to Russia with a series of partnership initiatives, culminating in the foundation of the NATO-Russia Council in 2002. No other country outside the alliance has such a privileged relationship with NATO. For more information see the Warsaw Summit Communique.

NATO exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. NATO is not encircling Russia. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, less than one-sixteenth (1,215 kilometres), is shared with NATO members. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members.

However, in March 2014, in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO suspended practical cooperation with Russia. "We do not seek confrontation, but we cannot ignore Russia breaking international rules, undermining our stability and security." By signing the NATO-Russia Founding Act, Russia also pledged not to threaten or use force against NATO Allies and any other state. It has broken this commitment, with the illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, the territory of a sovereign state. Russia also continues to support militants in eastern Ukraine.

More facts about NATO-Russia relations can be read here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: security threat, Encircling Russia, Russophobia, NATO
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Disproof

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The National Agency for Regulation in Electronic Communications and Information Technology from Moldova (ANRCETI) issued a press release announcing that so far it has issued licenses to service providers and mobile terrestrial electronic communications networks only for the right to use 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, not for 5G. Thus, in the Republic of Moldova, no provider has installed 5G networks.

Belarusian opposition is implicated in digital fraud with the help of Western security bodies

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One method is phone calls whereby crooks are presented as state officials who allegedly wish to transfer payments. This way they try to steal credit bank data. Therefore, the Belarusian opposition destroys the image of the state authorities and steal’s money from people. Another method of stealing money is through phising sites which allegedly sell coronavirus tests. Customers enter their credit bank data, but do not receive any tests.

They also send emails on behalf of the WHO from abroad, mostly from Poland and Lithuania. By clicking on a link which allegedly presents data on the current situation in Belarus, a virus blocks the device and demands money for unblocking it. Such viruses, which are elaborated by Western special bodies, are designed for opposition websites. They can also be embedded into Telegram channels about coronavirus in Belarus. Finally, fake bank accounts collecting money to assist hospitals with medical equipment and disinfectant are promoted.

Disproof

This article groundlessly accuses the Belarusian democratic opposition of digital fraud, helped by Western security bodies, which fits the pro-Kremlin narrative about the West's anti-Belarusian activities.

There was no news about phishing websites selling coronavirus tests in Belarus. However, coronavirus-related phishing emails were reported in Belarus, but no official statements or proof implicating the Belarusian opposition in these activities were made.

The COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates that NATO, EU should be consigned to the dustbin of history

The EU countries and NATO turned a deaf ear to Italian drama and acted poorly during the coronavirus outbreak. Poland closed its air space for Russian air planes with humanitarian aid to Italy. Similarly, Czech Republic appropriated Chinese humanitarian aid which was directed to Italy. The US demonstrated that they are not ready to risk the lives and health of their soldiers for Trans-Atlantic solidarity. Americans behaved as looters, they intercepted Chinese medical equipment which was orders by Germany and France. Russian humanitarian aid to Italy demonstrated that the NATO should be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Washington needed NATO to impose its domination on Europe. Eastern European countries which joined the NATO became US’s satellites. The European countries which disliked coming under West’s subordination were destroyed by NATO, Yugoslavia’s case is telling in this respect. If Russia did not have nuclear capabilities and Belarus was not part of the Union State of Belarus and Russia, they would face the same fate.

In the past years the countries of collective West repeatedly introduced anti-Russian sanctions based on far-fetched situation in the south-eastern Ukraine, no progress with the Minsk agreements, and Crimea return to Russia. Furthermore, the US authorities accused Russia of election meddling through cyber attacks on the US Democratic Party servers. No proofs of Russian involvement were presented.

Disproof

This publication promotes a number of fake news and conspiracies which are consistent with pro-Kremlin recurring narratives about West's aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia, EU's countries as NATO satellites / puppets, and the absence of EU and NATO response amid the coronavirus outbreak in Italy.

The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, as well as to help Italy provide the necessary medical treatment to those infected. On March 18, the European Union also received a Chinese aid package, including masks and 50,000 testing kits that were fully allocated to Italy, as Rome faces the most urgent needs among member states in the coronavirus crisis. On March 13, the European Union proposed a Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative, envisaging EUR 835 million for Italy. On March 26, the European Parliament unanimously approved the initiative. The President of the European Commission has apologised for the slow response on behalf of the Union. Read more about the EU's response.