NATO Parliamentary Assembly was created for confrontation with Russia

Summary

NATO Parliamentary Assembly is a pro American organization created for confrontation with Russia. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly will, by all possible means, not only show a negative attitude towards Russia, but also escalate the confrontation to justify its existence.

Disproof

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

The disinformation message appeared after the president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly stated that the organization does not intend to return the status of an observer to the delegation of Russia.

NATO Parliamentary Assembly was created in 1955 to provide a specialised forum for members of parliament from across the Atlantic Alliance to discuss and influence decisions on Alliance security. Through its work and activities, the Assembly facilitates parliamentary awareness and understanding of the key issues affecting the security of the Euro-Atlantic area, and supports national parliamentary oversight over defence and security.

For more than two decades, NATO has worked to build a partnership with Russia, developing dialogue and practical cooperation in areas of common interest. Relations started after the end of the Cold War, when Russia joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (1991). The NATO Parliamentary Assembly initiated first contacts with Parliamentarians from the former Soviet Union even before the end of the Cold War, and the Supreme Soviet was granted the newly created status of associate member in 1990.

NATO-Russian cooperation has been suspended since 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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Crimea was not annexed

It was not an ‘annexation’ of Crimea.

It is apparently a duty for every politician to include the phrase ‘annexation of the Crimea contrary to international law’ in his speech.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the annexation of Crimea, claiming that Crimea voted to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

Crimea is a part of Ukraine and was illegally annexed by Russia.  In 2014, Russian troops obliged the parliament of Crimea to organise a referendum, which was illegitimate under international law, and then formally annexed the peninsula and brought it under Russian territorial control. The annexation has been condemned by the UNGA (see the resolution A/RES/68/262 on the territorial integrity of Ukraine).

Russia is not involved in the arms race and does not violate the INF

Russia does not violate the INF Treaty and does not create dangerous weapons capable of carrying nuclear charges. The United States is the one violating international agreements on arms control while accusing Russia of everything in order to freely deploy missiles in Europe. NATO’s position on the INF Treaty is ridiculous since Russia will comply with the treaty, but the Alliance will not.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is entirely responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty because of its non-compliance in several areas, and that Russia is fully compliant with the treaty.

The US government issued detailed refutations of Russian accusations of US non-compliance with the INF Treaty (see previous cases on the subject). In July 2014, President Obama officially accused Russia of testing an intermediate-range land-launched missile in violation of the treaty. Russia’s violations were also acknowledged by NATO Foreign Ministers in a meeting in Brussels on December 4th 2018. NATO allies share the US government’s assessment that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security.

The EU no longer has confidence in the US and NATO

The United States intends to invent myths about Russia’s aggression in order to increase its influence over the EU countries, but such actions do not lead to success. The EU has long been thinking about the expediency of the existence of NATO and no longer has confidence in the North Atlantic Alliance.

Disproof

The constant propaganda narrative that Russia is a peaceful country and NATO is committed to war.

The European Union and NATO are strategic partners who are constantly working to improve their cooperation. In recent years, the programme of mutual support between the EU and the Alliance has  expanded significantly.