Ukraine will not secure itself by becoming a member of NATO

Summary

Ukraine will not secure itself by becoming a member of NATO.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative trying to discredit the existence of NATO as well as statehood of Ukraine. Previous cases on NATO can be found here.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is a political and military alliance, that was founded in 1949 and is a group of 29 countries from Europe and North America that exists to protect the people and territory of its members. As stated in the Brussels Summit Declaration from 11 July 2018, NATO is a defensive Alliance. Its greatest responsibility is to protect and defend the territories and populations of all member countries against attack. Therefore, Ukraine does indeed have a lot to gain from a security point of view from its membership of the Alliance. For this reason, since 2014, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, cooperation between NATO and Ukraine has been intensified in critical areas. Newly elected President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visited NATO Headquarters on 4 June 2019 to discuss the security situation in Ukraine and NATO’s continued support for Ukraine, expressing his eagerness to give new impetus to his country’s engagement with NATO. Unsurprisingly, the topic of Ukraine and NATO cooperation is the frequent target of disinformation attempts with outlets often making contradicting statements, for example, that it is impossible for Ukraine to join NATO and at the same time claiming that the accession will mean "inevitable" war between Russia and the West.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, EU/NATO enlargement
  • Outlet: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1 time 1:09:00-1:09:12
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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