Disinfo: The US/NATO defense systems in Eastern Europe can be used to destroy Russian defense potential

Summary

The multipurpose ocean system “Poseidon” is Russia’s asymmetric response to the dangerous concentration of the Pentagon and NATO’s strike potential in Eastern Europe. And to the formation of a US missile defense system there, which can be used to destroy the defense potential of the Russian Federation.

Disproof

Speculative statements, an attempt to justify the creation of weapons of mass destruction as a response to an alleged threat from NATO. Consistent with the recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO belligerence towards Russia.

NATO's missile defence system is defensive and not directed against Russia. Bilateral agreements between the US and host nations do not allow missile sites to be used for any purpose other than missile defence. NATO's exercises and military deployments in the Eastern Europe not directed against Russia – or any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. NATO has reached out to Russia consistently, transparently and publicly over the past 29 years.

The allegation about NATO's plans to wage a war against Russia was addressed on NATO's official website: "Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd." NATO is a defensive alliance and does not pose a threat to Russia. Its purpose is to protect its member states. Every country that joins NATO undertakes to uphold its principles and policies, and this includes the commitment that "the Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia," as reaffirmed at the Brussels Summit. For more information about NATO-Russia relations and disinformation narratives about NATO, see here and here.

Here you can see other examples of disinformation on NATO alleged goals in Crimea and its intentions to introduce a fleet to the Azov Sea, provocations against Russia in the Black Sea or the dangers created by the Alliance’s activities in those waters, preparations for big war, NATO provokes Russia in the Black Sea region.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Eastern Europe, Military, Encircling Russia, Missile defence system, Russophobia, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia Sputnik Kyrgyz Sputnik Moldova
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory; no evidence given to support the article’s claim that multinational pharmaceutical companies wish to hide the truth and prevent any investigation into why Lombardy was so hit so much more severely than other Italian regions. The article suggests  that  vaccination campaigns conducted in Lombardy  before the outbreak of COVID-19 are the real reason why COVID-19 has caused many more deaths in the Lombardy region compared  to other Italian regions.

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Ukrainian economy will not survive without Russia

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Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine failing to survive without Russia and on Ukrainian economic relations with the European Union.

According to the World Bank, economic growth in Ukraine was solid at 3.2% in 2019, led by a good agricultural harvest and sectors dependent on domestic consumption. This was despite, or maybe because of, the fact that both imports from, and exports to, Russia have decreased markedly since 2013.

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Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory that the "global elites" control and rule the world.

After Russia banned wheat exports until July 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic, Georgia received 27,000 tons of wheat from the United States. This triggered speculation and anti-American sentiments that is a continuation of the narrative that Georgia allegedly has no alternative except for Russia and that U.S. aid serves perfidious interests.