Disinfo: Russian aggression is used as pretext to station NATO military close to Russia's borders


Statements about an alleged "Russian aggression" against Ukraine are used as a pretext to "station more NATO military equipment near Russia's borders".


Recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media, claiming that the West, more specifically NATO, is encircling Russia. This narrative can be perceived as an attempt to legitimise the repeated massing of Russian military forces near Ukraine.

The European Union expressed its deep concern about the current build-up of Russian military forces near the Ukrainian-Russian border. The High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, speaking on the occasion of this development at the 28th Ministerial Council of the OSCE in early December was quoted as saying

"I am particularly concerned with the continued situation in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, including the recent military build-up by Russia near the border. The European Union is unwavering in its support to Ukraine's independence, unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised border."

It is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly encircling Russia, about the "Russian threat" as a false idea created and spread by NATO. An attempt to justify the increase in heavy weapons due to the allegedly aggressive NATO policies.

There is no factual evidence to support the article’s claim that the statements about "Russian aggression" are used to station NATO military around Russia. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. The claim that NATO is encircling Russia is one of the myths about NATO. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members. Compared to Russia's sizeable forces (several tens of thousands) near NATO borders, the enhanced forward presence in the Baltic NATO members states as well as in Romania and Bulgaria numbers few battalions totalling a few thousand soldiers.

Read more disinformation narratives about NATO and that The West is conducting a hybrid war aimed at undermining Russia's role and influence in Eurasia.


  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/11/2021
  • Article language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: NATO, Military, War in Ukraine, West, Encircling Russia
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In Italy, similarly to Australia, New Zealand and other Western countries, a tyrannical government has turned the police forces into a “health Gestapo” exploiting the coronavirus pandemic.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Western governments have exploited the coronavirus pandemic in order to abolish liberal democracies and establish dictatorships.

Various lockdown measures taken by the Western democracies aim to protect public health against the COVID-19 virus, which has killed millions of people worldwide and is a real danger for populations around the world.

Disinfo: Nations are ruled by the dictatorship of the global billionaires elite

Nations have lost their sovereignty and are ruled by the dictatorship of the global billionaires elite.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about secret global elites that dominate the world, control governments and are establishing a dictatorship over the world’s population. In the US, these elites are identified as the Deep State.

Analysts and researchers have pointed out that anti-Western conspiracy theories about all-powerful secret elites are a political tool used by the Kremlin to strengthen the domestic stability of the current regime and expand its influence abroad by emphasising Russia’s moral superiority

Disinfo: The 2020 US presidential election was massively corrupt

The 2020 US presidential election was massively corrupt. In the swing states Trump had a strong lead until the polls closed for the night. Then a wave of false votes was sent to polling stations in large inner Democratic-dominated cities, and by the time the polls were reopened, Biden was mysteriously ahead in every state.


Recurring disinformation about fraud in the 2020 US presidential elections, also aimed at discrediting the United States and liberal democracies.

It is not true, as the article claims, that a wave of false votes was sent to polling stations in large inner Democratic-dominated cities during the night. There is no evidence that the US 2020 presidential elections were fraudulent. Allegations of electoral fraud have been dismissed more than 60 times by different US courts and judges, both Republican and Democrat, due to lack of any significant evidence, including the Supreme Court on two occasions.