Disinfo: US military exercises in the Black Sea are a provocation and an attempt to contain Russia


The US military exercises in the Black Sea are a provocation. These exercises are a blatant attempt to test Russia’s military reaction and raise tensions in the region. It is a part of the policy of containing Russia, causing very aggressive attitudes and destabilising the situation as a whole.


Recurring pro-kremlin disinformation narrative about military exercises and encircled Russia.

This disinformation message appeared in the context of a repeated increase of Russia's military buildup near Ukraine, much to the concern of Kyiv and its Western partners.

Every country has the right to conduct exercises, but it is important that they are conducted transparently and in line with international obligations. NATO exercises are open to observation in line with the OSCE procedures.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. NATO's exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia – or any other country. Exercises are designed to ensure that NATO forces are trained, able to operate together and ready to respond to any threat from any direction. In this context, US troops participate in these exercises. The alliance does not attempt to contain Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 266
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 17/11/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Russia, EU, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: NATO, West, Anti-Russian, Military exercise
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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russia's role in the Russo-Georgian War.

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The only reasonable proposal [to solve the migration crisis] is to try to take preventive measures that would completely eliminate this unpleasant picture of people wandering on the Polish-Belarusian border. This cannot be done without restoring the balance in relations with Minsk.


Recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the migration situation on the EU-Belarus borders.

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Disinfo: Poland inspired the border crisis with Belarus in order to fight the Nord Stream 2

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Recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the migration crisis on the EU-Belarus borders.

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