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
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia
  • Keywords: Military, Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, NATO
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NATO intends to create a tense zone in the Black Sea region to destabilise Russia

NATO will surround the Black Sea Fleet with military bases. The Alliance intends to create a tense zone in the region to destabilise the Russian Federation. NATO forces intend to build military bases in Ukraine to encircle the Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia and about Ukraine as NATO's puppet. There is no evidence that Ukraine will be used by any NATO country as a ground against Russia.

So far, no country has expressed its willingness to deploy a military base in Ukraine. Speculations over this started after joint Ukraine-UK military exercises in 2020. At the moment, Ukraine and the UK are planning to cooperate in the development of the Ukrainian sea fleet. The UK also expressed its willingness to help in the modernisation of Ukrainian naval infrastructure. Also, the US Armed Forces provide assistance in improving naval infrastructure in Mykolaiv oblast.

The water blockade of Crimea is an attempt at genocide from Ukraine

The water blockade of Crimea is a crime that borders on the most atrocious crimes against humanity. About two million people were deprived of water. This is an attempt at genocide. The state built here, in Ukraine, on the Bandera ideology, carried out an attempt of the genocide of the Crimeans.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and Crimea.

Crimea and Sevastopol were illegally annexed by Russia in 2014. Under the Geneva Convention, an occupying state bears full responsibility for all that happens on occupied territory and for all requirements, such as water.

Poland is a key player promoting the power change in Belarus

Polish “engine” of the Belarusian protests.

The fact that Poland is pursuing an anti-Russian line has not been a secret for many years. Poland is a key player promoting the change of power in Belarus.

The outgoing year has shown that Russia is having difficulties with countries such as Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. This trio played a significant role in the events in Belarus and Moldova, which have obviously anti-Russian overtones. All these three states are usually underestimated in our country but in vain. And underestimating those can cause significant damage to Russia.

Disproof

This message is a part of the Kremlin narratives about Russophobic and Anti-Russian Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic. It also contains the familiar pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. Finally, it accuses Poland of intervening in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations.

The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The European Union has also stated that the elections were neither free nor fair.