Tbilisi, Brussels and Washington orchestrate massive information attack against South Ossetia

Summary

The goal of the “Tsnelisi provocation” is to destroy the concept of South Ossetia’s border. A massive information attack orchestrated by Georgia, the EU and the USA against South Ossetia is another attempt by Tbilisi, Brussels and Washington to question the political consequences of the war in August 2008. Supported by its Western partners, Georgia is refusing to accept the consequences of its provocative actions. The country is refusing to sign a document on the non-use of force and is preparing its forces for a military conflict. The aim of South Ossetia is to put an end to Tbilisi’s aggression even by joining the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targeting the EU's monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM), aiming to undermine its international credibility.

The Tsnelisi  incident took place on October 24 when the EUMM monitors had been detained by South Ossetian security actors. The EU Monitoring Mission released a statement noting that the incident "happened in an area understood to be on Tbilisi-Administered Territory in accordance with the traditional interpretation of the Administrative Boundary Line in that area."  See previous disinformation case accusing EU observers of border violation and provocation.

In 2010 Georgia signed a unilateral declaration on the non-use of force and demanded the same from Russia as Georgia considers Russia as a conflict party. Russia refuses to sign a bilateral agreement and demands Georgia to sign the declaration on the non-use of force with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The US and the EU remain firmly committed to their policy of supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders as well as engagement with the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in support of longer-term conflict resolution.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, EU, Georgia
  • Keywords: South Ossetia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Ossetia
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The USA will fulfil NATO’s Article 5 only if it is required by its national interests

The realist theory of international relations dominating the USA assumes that the national interest of the state is superior to the international law and treaties signed with its allies. In other words, Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty would be fulfilled by the United States only in a situation, when the US interests agree with its legal obligations.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO and the US military presence in Europe - it claims that the United States may not protect its European allies if it goes against the US national interests.

Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty is the critical component of the Alliance – it assumes that if a NATO Ally is a victim of an armed attack, every other member of the Alliance will consider this act of violence as an armed attack against all members and will take the actions it deems necessary to assist the Ally attacked. In other words, Article 5 is the cornerstone of NATO – it has been invoked only once in history as a response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

NATO is serving one master – the US

Today NATO serves one master. However, the United States does not share its plans, secrets, strategic plans with NATO.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on NATO as a geopolitical project of the US.

NATO was founded in 1949 by twelve sovereign nations: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the United States. It has since grown to 29 Allies who each took an individual and sovereign decision to join this Alliance. All decisions in NATO are taken by consensus, which means that a decision can only be taken if every single member accepts it. No member of the Alliance can order the deployment of armed forces of other member states.

Poland is the America’s “banana republic”

Poland plays the role of a “banana republic” in its alliance with the United States. This country is allowing the hegemon to take advantage of it, without being forced to. The behavior of the American Ambassador in Poland may be described in colonial or post-colonial categories – “she behaves like a Governor of an area, which can be exploited. The locals have some legal regulations preventing such exploitation, so it is necessary to do something about it, for example, using blackmail”.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States.

This narrative includes a message that the United States manipulates Poland and other European allies in order to carry out its anti-Russian policies.