DISINFO: The US wants to incorporate Belarus and Ukraine into NATO
  • Outlet: hu.news-front.info (archived)*
  • Date of publication: August 09, 2021
  • Article language(s): Hungarian
  • Reported in: Issue 254
  • Countries / regions discussed: Belarus, US, Ukraine
EU/NATO enlargement NATO US presence in Europe

DISINFO: The US wants to incorporate Belarus and Ukraine into NATO


The US wants to make Ukraine and Belarus part of NATO. (...) Earlier Washington examined the possibility of admitting Kyiv and Minsk into the North Atlantic alliance. For this, it is enough to remember one statement from John Bolton, the former national security advisor of the US president.


The disinformation claim above is part of a wider pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at depicting NATO as an aggressive, expansionary power that is threatening Russia's sovereignty and security.

The disinformation piece lacks properly dated evidence. While the claim argues that the United States wants to make Ukraine and Belarus part of NATO, the statement, which is cited as quasi evidence to back up the claim, comes from a former and not a current US government official.

Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton served as the national security advisor to former US President Donald Trump between 9 April 2018 and 10 September 2019. During his time in office, Bolton made a high-level visit to Minsk in 2019. While he did argue in favour of Eastern European countries to be admitted into NATO so that they can avoid a grey zone military status between the West and Russia, the United States government has never advocated for Belarus being a member of NATO.

NATO regularly - and with no evidence - is portrayed as an aggressor of Russia's security in the pro-Kremlin disinformation environment. See similar examples here.


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