The role of NATO is to increase the confrontation with Russia

Summary

What is the role of NATO? To increase the confrontation with Russia. This is also a way to reply to its voters, “We have our usual enemy, and we wrap our war hysteria over our old enemy.” Obviously, no one wants to go for war with Russia. However, to present Russia as a reincarnation of the “evil empire” is always welcomed.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO attempting to encircle and weaken Russia.

North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party.

Relations between the NATO and the Russian Federation were established in 1991 within the framework of the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. In 1994, Russia joined the Partnership for Peace program, and since that time, NATO and Russia have signed several important agreements on cooperation. For more than two decades, NATO has worked to build a partnership with Russia, developing dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest.

NATO-Russian cooperation has been suspended since 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. Since then Russian officials have accused NATO of a series of threats and hostile actions. NATO's approach to Russia is defence and dialogue.

More about NATO can be read here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia time 1:36-3:13
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the EU and Russophobia.

The disinformation message appeared in the context of Ursula von der Leyen telling media that the EU should continue sanctions to Russia. Read the interview here in German.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the European Parliament and Russophobia, combined with a personal attack on the member of the European Parliament Anna Fotyga.

The disinformation message appeared in the context of the European Parliament July 18, 2019  resolution on Russia, calling upon the Russian authorities to release without delay all illegally and arbitrarily detained Ukrainian citizens, including Crimean Tatars, the recently detained Red Square peaceful demonstrators of 10 July 2019, Ukrainian citizens detained on politically motivated charges and the 24 crew members of the Ukrainian naval vessels;.