Disinfo: The West is interested in Georgia just as a training ground for the war with Russia

Summary

The West has never thought about our (Georgian) people and will not think. They just need Georgia as a suitable territory because of its geographical location. Georgia is the best training ground for the war with Russia. On the one hand – access to the Black Sea, on the other – the land border directly with Russia. There is hardly a better place to house NATO missiles. Yes, the very organisation that does not want to open the door for us, but at the same time, they will continue to suggest: do not stop knocking on it. And so we have long and unsuccessfully been knocking on this closed door, both literally and figuratively.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia particularly in the Caucasus as well as about Georgia's cooperation with NATO.

The narrative is part of a larger campaign aiming to influence public support against Georgia's NATO aspirations and portraying neutrality as the most rational foreign policy choice for Georgia. Georgia's movement to join NATO was intensified after the de-facto occupation of a part of its territory.

Disinformation outlets have also made the claims that the West is forcing Georgia to accept the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in order "to drag Georgia to NATO", that "Georgia is to give up its territorial integrity in order to join NATO" or that there is an obligation to hold gay prides and other "preconditions" for Georgia to join NATO. On the other hand, other claims have included that "NATO troops' participation in Georgian military pushes Putin to set up military bases on occupied parts of Georgia, or NATO is not interested in strengthening Georgia, and also "Russia will never allow Ukraine or Georgia to join NATO".

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  • Reported in: Issue 229
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: War preparation, EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
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US citizens, like the citizens of North Korea, have no influence on the country's decision making

There is no democracy in the United States of America. The only difference between the United States and any of the most oppressive regimes in the world is that thanks to its theft of the whole world, it has become richer, and thus the contradictions in American society until recently remained hidden to the extent that the main political news on television was about a cat that is afraid of getting off the tree, and the political programmes of the rival presidential candidates were almost carbon copy. Therefore, there was no need for the army to control the citizens. The propaganda and the absence of alternative media (such as RT) were sufficient. Moreover, the citizens of the United States of America have the same influence over decision making as the citizens of North Korea.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, which seeks to discredit the United States and liberal democracies by claiming that liberal societies are totalitarian systems and that liberal democracies, like 20th-century totalitarian dictatorships, practice repression against the population.

Although the US and other Western democracies today face multiple and serious domestic and foreign threats, it is not true that liberal democracies are obsolete, have collapsed or are being replaced with dictatorships. Reports of the death of liberal democracy have been greatly exaggerated. Moreover, the article’s attempt to equate the West’s liberal societies to totalitarian regimes is an obvious falsification of reality. According to the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, which is based on a large number of objective criteria, places the US is in 45th place out of 180 countries, whereas North Korea is in the last 180th rank.

Lithuania is one of the least peaceful countries in Europe

Lithuania is one of the least peaceful countries in Europe according to the “Global Peace Index”. Lithuania is on 36th position.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying Lithuania as an aggressive, unfriendly and unpeaceful country.

The message is highly manipulative. The “Global Peace Index 2020” ranked 163 countries, putting Lithuania on 36th position, not far from its neighbours - Latvia (34th position), Estonia (30th position), and Poland (29th position). The infographic presented in the article does not include Russia, which is, for comparison, on 154th position according to the “Global Peace Index 2020”.

Countries like Ukraine are neither prosperous nor democratic because they submit to the US influence

The countries that give the US the keys to controlling it, like Ukraine, achieve neither prosperity nor democracy.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine, Ukrainian statehood, and the US presence in Europe.

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.