Disinfo: The US is provoking Russia due to the decline of its hegemony


The US has lost its superiority, and due to the decline of its hegemony, it resorts to acts of provocation against Russia in a failed attempt to affect its defence. The US has looked for allies to keep its perennial harassment of Russia in the Baltic countries and in Ukraine after the 2014 Maidan, in order to stay close to the Russian border. Russia has been for many years the main enemy of the West, as it possesses 37 per cent of the world’s resources and the biggest mineral reserves. This harassment will continue, as the US goal is to stop the development of anybody who challenges its hegemony over the world order.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about a hostile West attempting to encircle Russia and about this country as the victim of ceaseless machinations to curb its development.

There is no factual evidence to support the claim that the US is trying to provoke Moscow, or that the Baltic states and Ukraine harass Russia. On the contrary, these countries have been a frequent target of Russian aggression, including election interference, disinformation, cyberattacks or, in the case of Ukraine, the illegal annexation of part of its territory and the engineering of an armed conflict in its eastern regions. Accusing others of the misdeeds that Russia is actually doing is a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation technique.

This article appeared amid international concerns about Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine, which led to fears of an eventual invasion. By accusing the US of “provocation”, this story seems to be an attempt to divert attention away from Russia’s responsibility in increasing tensions on the border, as part of a wider disinformation campaign.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives in our database, such as claims that US military exercises in the Black Sea are a provocation and an attempt to contain Russia, that NATO will help Ukraine to kill more people, that Riga, Tallinn and Warsaw developed anti-Russian “information weapons”, or that the West is hostile to all states that try to establish partnership relations with Russia.


  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Russia, Baltic states, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Encircling Russia, Provocation, Euromaidan, Puppets, Destabilising Russia
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This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that NATO is a hostile military bloc whose main objective is to inflict harm on Russia.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose primary aims are to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members. Moreover, NATO poses no threat to Russia. During the Warsaw summit in July 2016, NATO has made it clear that "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia". This was also reaffirmed in the Brussels Summit Communiqué of 14 June 2021.

Disinfo: Poland should stop its anti-Belarusian propaganda and start talks with Lukashenka

Poland has tried to solve the migration crisis by many steps: it has already spent billions on the border wall, declared Belarus as an “aggressor” and created an “amusement park” at the border for celebrities. However, no one thinks about the easiest solution in this situation – it is necessary to go to Minsk and talk. Before starting the talks with Belarus, Poland should liquidate all the centres [and media] involved in the anti-Belarusian propaganda. This step will be beneficial to the reset of bilateral relations and to the situation of the Polish minority in Belarus.


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

The situation was manufactured by Belarus as a response to EU sanctions imposed on the Lukashenka regime for its oppressive measures against the political opposition. There is plenty of evidence that the Belarusian authorities have instigated the ongoing irregular migration flows to the EU borders via Belarus.

Disinfo: NATO exercises violate the key principles of the NATO-Russia Founding Act

NATO military exercises in the Black Sea serve the aspirations of the US and its allies to strengthen the containment policy against Russia. The manoeuvres violate a key part of the Russia-NATO founding act, as NATO pledged not to "move its military infrastructure eastward, on the territory of new members.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and its military exercises.

The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation, signed in 1997, does not prohibit NATO from moving its military infrastructure eastward, on the territory of its new members.