Disinfo: The main threat to NATO comes from the alliance itself

Summary

During his visit to Kuwait, NATO Sectetary General said that NATO has problems with flexibility, as well as with unity.

“In all its years, NATO has never experienced a more complex security environment than it does today. To maintain our security, we need to be agile and prepared to respond to threats coming from all directions. From land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. From all directions. Also from State and non-state actors.”

“In November, the French president announced the death of the alliance’s brain. The reason was the lack of coordination on strategic decisions in NATO. The statement angered the allies: Trump, for example, called Macron’s words offensive, and Erdogan advised the French leader to think about the death of his own brain,” noted Stoltenberg.

“While France calls for an open dialogue with Russia, the rest consider it a threat,” he said, adding that the main threat to NATO still comes from the alliance itself. Stoltenberg noted that they have yet to find out if the alliance can survive its own internal threat.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining NATO. This article completely misinterprets the speech given by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during the ICI Anniversary Ceremony at the NATO-ICI Regional Centre. This example of Russian propaganda is wishful thinking, attributing comments to him which he did not express. Regarding what he actually said in Kuwait, this is as follows (full speech can be seen here).

"In all its years, NATO has never experienced a more complex security environment than it does today. To maintain our security, we need to be agile and prepared to respond to threats coming from all directions. From land, sea, air, space and cyberspace. From all directions. Also from State and non-state actors".

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  • Reported in: Issue 179
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Keywords: EU, Emmanuel Macron, Jens Stoltenberg, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, NATO, Angela Merkel
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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