Disinfo: The sole role of NATO is to be hostile to Russia

Summary

NATO has become an alliance that threatens the entire world, and it has become necessary to think about the true meaning of its existence, at a time when the only role played by the alliance has become be hostile to Russia, which is meaningless in a multipolar world.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about NATO, allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile anti-Russian agenda.

NATO is in no way directed against Russia or any other state. NATO’s objectives are set out in the 1949 Washington Treaty which forms the legal basis of the alliance. The treaty states that parties “are resolved to unite their efforts for collective defence and for the preservation of peace and security”, for the purpose of guaranteeing the freedom and security of its members through political and military means, not to be at enmity with Russia.

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 and its relations with Russia here.

See similar cases claiming that Russia will remain the main enemy of NATO for decades, that NATO is encircling Russia’s borders and creating an enemy image of Russia, that NATO is a monstrous Cold War relic, and that Russia is regarded as an enemy in the plans of NATO.

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  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Military, Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, NATO

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

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Disproof

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