The USA persistently imposes confrontation with Russia on Europe

Summary

European countries, NATO members and neutral (countries) do not have a sovereign right to formulate their military policies and strategies in relations with Russia. If they still have some chance for manoeuvre in their foreign policy, in military policy they remain led by the US. The US persistently imposes confrontation with Russia on Europe.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about US presence in Europe, portraying Europe as a vassal of the USA and trying to undermine the sovereignty of the West. Russian disinformation sources like to claim that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictates policies to the EU and its member states.

The EU Member States are sovereign countries and make sovereign decisions about their own security and policies. Possible NATO/ US military presence and support in the EU Member States is possible only on the basis of the clear request/ consent of the hosting nation. The US is an important ally to the EU but EU policy is not determined by the US, as explained by the EU High Representative.

The US does not impose a confrontation with Russia. EU countries, make sovereign decisions to host NATO/US military forces on their land. NATO membership is open to any European state in a position to further the principles of the North Atlantic Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area. All NATO members have made sovereign decisions to join the alliance. NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries.

Similar cases about Europe being forced to obey America can be found here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: US, Europe
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, US presence in Europe
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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