Disinfo: Russia’s nuclear deployment to Belarus is a response to NATO expansionism


Russia’s deployment of nuclear armament to Belarus can be seen as Moscow’s response to NATO’s expansionism of the last 30 years towards the borders of the Eurasian country.


Pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and encircled Russia.

Framing the attempts to deploy nuclear weapons in Belarus as a “response to NATO expansionism” is a prefabricated argument to justify Russia’s nuclear warmongering, part of a wider disinformation campaign aiming at coercing Western nations to cease aid to Ukraine for its self-defence against Russian aggression.

Although Vladimir Putin stated on 25 March 2023 that Russia will station nuclear weapons on Belarusian facilities whose construction will be ready by 1 July -an allegation repeated afterwards by other Russian and Belarusian officials-, experts are very sceptic about the feasibility of this move, as there is no indication of any step taken in this regard.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that NATO destroyed trust in the new START treaty, that Western leaders’ nuclear rhetoric is becoming increasingly ferocious, that Ukraine asked NATO for preemptive nuclear strikes against Russia, or that Russia doesn’t threaten anyone with nuclear weapons.


  • Reported in: Issue 330
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/04/2023
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, Belarus, US, UK, EU, Canada
  • Keywords: NATO, EU/NATO enlargement, Nuclear issues, Union State of Belarus and Russia
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Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state; it is not fighting on behalf of any foreign government or organisation, neither is its president fighting a war against the will of the Ukrainian people to prove his worth to external actors. Ukraine was forced into this situation and is acting in self defence against the Russian invasion, as it is its right enshrined in the UN Charter .

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In the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in coordination with relevant Federal agencies, was directed by Congress to develop a five-year “scientific assessment of solar and other rapid climate interventions in the context of near-term climate risks and hazards",

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[....] at that time the great famine affected not only Ukraine, but also other agricultural regions of the USSR, including the North Caucasus, the middle and lower Volga, part considerable extent of the Central Chernozem Oblast [region], Kazakhstan, Western Siberia and the Southern Urals. Millions of Soviet citizens fell victim of it.


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