Disinfo: To join NATO Georgia will have to legalize gay relationship


Jens Stoltenberg noted that NATO is not only a military but a spiritual union. He directly told Georgia that if it doesn’t legalize gay relationships, NATO won’t let it in.


A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the moral degradation of the West and dictate of Western values. See a recent case: Tbilisi, Baku and Yerevan won't join EU and NATO unless they hold LGBT pride.

Jens Stoltenberg did not issue a statement demanding Georgia to legalize gay relationships.

Legalization of gay marriage is not among requirements for countries aspiring to join NATO. To join the Alliance, nations are expected to respect the values of the North Atlantic Treaty, and to meet certain political, economic and military criteria, set out in the Alliance’s 1995 Study on Enlargement. These criteria include a functioning democratic political system based on a market economy; fair treatment of minority populations; a commitment to resolve conflicts peacefully; an ability and willingness to make a military contribution to NATO operations; and a commitment to democratic civil-military relations and institutions.


  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement


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Ukraine received its territory from Russia under various circumstances

The Ukrainians received their (current) territory from Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at the revision of Ukrainian history – Ukraine is presented as a historical part of Russia, country without its own history and no tradition of state institutions. See other cases on the alleged territorial claims against Ukraine here and here.

The history of the Ukrainian statehood dates back to the times of the Kievan Rus’ (9-13th centuries), which was the first East Slavic state (which gave birth to numerous Slavic principalities on the territory of present-day Russia). Throughout 13-18th centuries, major parts of the Ukrainian lands were part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Ukrainians have a rich history of independent Cossack states (Zaporozhian Sich), which existed in the 16-18th centuries. The Russian Empire established its control over the largest part of Ukraine only at the end of the 18th century – it means that throughout the major part of its history, the territory of Ukraine did not have any connection to present-day Russia.

Lithuania is a totalitarian country

Lithuania is known for uncompromising position concerning all issues, from energy to absolutely wild crimes in the field of human rights. The cases of Paleckis, Mel, and Titov serve as examples. If earlier Lithuania can be considered as an authoritarian country, at present it can be certainly seen as a totalitarian state.


This message is aimed to discredit Lithuania by putting an absurd claim about the country's totalitarian political regime, based on examples of three recent criminal cases.

Lithuania is a democratic country which protects the rule of law. The most recent Freedom House report qualifies Lithuania as a democracy with aggregate freedom score of 91 out of 100. "Lithuania is a democracy in which political rights and civil liberties are generally respected," the report says.

US will blackmail Belarusian authorities over the nuclear power plant

The US will likely start openly blackmailing Belarusian authorities over the nuclear power plant. Their ultimatum will demand that Belarus either shuts down the station or imports nuclear fuel from the U.S.

The U.S. will use the Belarusian NPP as a political tool for blackmailing and pressing Lukashenka. If he does not comply with the US’ ultimatum, he will likely face a new package of economic sanctions.


Conspiracy theory about the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravets and the US presence in Europe.

US Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Rita Baranwal has indeed said that “in the future, American fuel suppliers could partly supply fuel” to Belarusian NPP which “is already being done at some power plants around the world.” However the assumption about the upcoming political pressure and introduction of economic sanctions in case of Belarusian denial to import nuclear fuel from the U.S. is groundless.