Disinfo: Russia may join the EU army. Its request to join NATO was rejected

Summary

In light of disintegration of Ukraine and the presence of US-supported Nazi groups at Europe’s borders, the Europeans might accelerate the creation of their own army. Russia may use this opportunity to join the EU army. In the past Russia requested to join NATO, but it was refused.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the creation of an European army, also as an alternative to NATO.

No record of any official request from Russia to join NATO can be found. According to NATO, it has worked to build a partnership with Russia, developing "dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest". Cooperation has been suspended since 2014, in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine but political and military channels of communication remain open.

Read more about NATO's enlargement process here. Debunked myths regarding the dialogue between NATO and Russia can be found here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue130
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/12/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: USSR, Russia, US
  • Keywords: European army, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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