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US army preparing for war against Russia

Summary of Disinformation

US army preparing for war against Russia: First troops emerge [in the Baltic states], followed by US soldiers learning Russian close to our borders.And Lithuania is harboring plans for the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Western aggression. No evidence given.

For background on NATO-Russia relations see here.

In 2016, NATO deployed four multinational battlegroups ─ or “enhanced forward presence” ─ to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. In 2017, the battlegroups became fully operational. More than 4,500 troops from Europe and North America work closely together with home defence forces.

As part of NATO Allies’ commitment to transparency, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania hosted Russian arms control inspectors in November 2017 and in March 2018. They toured a number of military sites, including some used by the multinational NATO battlegroups.

// One of the commentators at the studio also notes that he studied military translation and interpreting in German at university, which does not imply that the country was then preparing to wage war against Germany.

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Reported in: Issue 125
Date: 08.11.2018
Language: Russian
Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania, US
Keywords: Kaliningrad, War preparation, Destabilising Russia
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: 60 Minut @ Rossiya 1, time 37:03
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