Disinfo: US and NATO plan “Drive to the East” against Russia

Summary

A larger presence of US and NATO military forces in Poland aims at “Drang nach Osten” (“Drive to the East”) against Russia. Belarus is likely to become a transit area for aggression against Russia. A pretext for escalation in the region can be anything, a made-up ‘Russian aggression in Ukraine” or a blatant provocation with the use of the American unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 Reaper as in the Gulf of Oman. However, the West’s collective hunt against Russia and its allies is doomed to fail because Russia will do everything to defend allied countries and itself.

Disproof

Conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO encircling Russia.

The disinformation message involves a major element of Nazi ideology -  Drang nach Osten -  to draw parallels between Nazi Germany and the US / West / NATO.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the EU continues the aggressive policies of Nazi Germany and the US and EU countries are Russophobic, fascist and Nazi regimes.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Military, West, Encircling Russia, NATO, Nazi/Fascist
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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The EU’s sovereignty in military and political spheres is undermined by the US

The EU lacks sovereignty and independence [from the US] both in the military and political fields.

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Washington is behind seeming Western unity concerning so-called Russian aggression in Ukraine

The Ukrainian position towards Russia and its alleged involvement in the war in Donbas is only genuinely shared by the Baltic states and Poland, possibly by the UK and Sweden too. The so called ‘Western solidarity’ against so-called ‘Russian aggression’ results not from Western countries’ love of Ukraine but rather from the will of Washington. Most Western countries just follow the considerations of Euroatlantic unity.

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This is conspiracy that seeks to distract from Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine and follows classical pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU's undermined sovereignty by the US and abandoned Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign and independent state with a democratically-elected president and parliament. The EU and US support the democratic development of Ukraine in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence. By contrast, there is irrefutable evidence of direct Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s foreign relations since 2014 are built around the myth of Russian aggression in Donbas

Ukraine’s whole diplomatic strategy since 2014 has been built around the mythology of war with Russia. The Ukrainian idea is to increase external pressure on Russia to bring it to the negotiating table and to abandon talks about bringing special status to Ukraine’s eastern regions.

The real goal behind Zelenskyy’s recent visits to Germany and France was not to present a new plan of peaceful resolution of the Donbas conflict, because such a plan does not exist. The visits were intended to find out if Western partners are still ready to assist Ukraine in the international legalisation of the Donbas conflict as ‘Russian aggression.’

Disproof

This claim is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the war in Ukraine - claiming that Russia is not responsible for it - and ungrounded anti-Russian actions by Western countries. It disregards the extensive factual evidence confirming ongoing Russian military presence in Donbas. Prior debunks of this narrative can be found here and here.

Concerning Zelenskyy's visits to Germany and France, the sides have agreed on the need to restart peace efforts, including the so-called Normandy format, which brings together Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France. Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Angela Merkel were in agreement "that until progress has been made, sanctions on Russia cannot be lifted," stressed the German Chancellor.