DISINFO: Sweden and Finland may not have time to join NATO before it collapses
  • Outlet: radiosputnik.ria.ru (archived)*
  • Date of publication: May 19, 2022
  • Article language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 291
  • Countries / regions discussed: US, Sweden, Finland
NATO EU/NATO enlargement

DISINFO: Sweden and Finland may not have time to join NATO before it collapses


Sweden and Finland may not have time to join NATO due to the potential collapse of the alliance even before the completion of the procedure for the joining of the two new countries.

The alliance may be destroyed for a very simple reason - the United States will leave. And then that's it. Germany, France, Spain, Italy do not have the resources to maintain this infrastructure.


Po-Kremlin disinformation message about NATO advancing prominent disinformation trope of "imminent collapse".

There is no basis to the claims that NATO will collapse or that the US is intending to withdraw from it. Founded in 1949 NATO remains the cornerstone of transatlantic security.

This disinformation message appered in the context of Swedish and Finnish offcial membership bids to NATO. The aim of the disinformation claim is to denigrade NATO and downplay the political defeat of Moscow when these two countries applied for mambership.

See related disinformation messages, alleging that Sweden and Finland are being dragged into NATO and forced to wage a war against Russia, Finns, Swedes unlikely to support NATO membership because well-being will decline, Finland’s membership of NATO breaks treaty with Russia, other international documents.


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