Disinfo: West needs a hotspot on Russian border; NATO instructors are involved in Donbas war

Summary

The West is interested in a hotspot on Russia’s border. Participation of Western instructors in the Donbas conflict will mean the crossing of the red lines and a direct clash between the Russian people and the NATO military.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

There are no NATO (or Western) troops fighting the Russia-backed armed formations in Eastern Ukraine. Kyiv has been cooperating with the alliance since the early 1990s, which has developed into one of the most substantial of NATO’s partnerships.

Since 2014, in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, cooperation has been intensified in critical areas. Ukraine takes part in military exercises together with its member states, but NATO-Ukraine cooperation is not aimed against Russia. It is solely aimed at enhancing the defensive capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose primary aims are to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of the Allies. 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.

Read more disinformation narratives about NATO’s alleged attempts to destabilise the situation in Donbas.

See our article examining seven myths about Russia's role in Ukraine.

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  • Reported in: Issue 270
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2022
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Donbas, War in Ukraine, NATO, Encircling Russia
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Disinfo: Kazakhstan protests necessary for the US and allies to pressure Russia ahead of Geneva talks

The protesters in Kazakhstan were very well prepared and organised, assuming a large amount of money from abroad was invested into the protest. Also, it could be assumed, that the US or their allies are behind the protests and “second Maidan” near the border of Russia. This was done to exert more pressure on Russia before the security talk in Geneva.

Disproof

This claim advances an emerging pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the January 2022 anti-government protests in Kazakhstan are part of a foreign inspired and directed plot. The message includes the conspiracy theory that the US and their allies needed these events as a tool to make pressure on Russia before the security talk in Geneva.

The pro-Kremlin media frequently falsely portray popular protests around the world as instigated from abroad, often by the US and the West. The disinformation narrative has been applied, among others, to reports about protests in GeorgiaUkrainethe Czech RepublicBulgariaBelarusVenezuelaSlovakiaHong Kong, with the aim of portraying protest movements as aggressive actors supported by foreign powers who constantly prepare new coups.

Disinfo: Protests in Kazakhstan were funded from abroad; the US might be behind this

The radicals were accused of being funded and trained from abroad. The suspicion that the US may have played a role in Kazakhstan clearly stems from the fact that its proven instruments for regime change, such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), are active in Kazakhstan and typically fund anti-government movements.

Disproof

This claim advances a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that the January 2022 anti-government protests in Kazakhstan are orchestrated from abroad and are part of a US policy of staging “colour revolutions”.

The pro-Kremlin media frequently falsely portray popular protests around the world as instigated from abroad, often by the US and the West with the aim of portraying protest movements as aggressive actors supported by foreign powers who constantly prepare new coups.

Disinfo: After 2014 pro-American coup in Kyiv, NATO tripled Rapid Reaction Force on "eastern flank"

Washington has been recklessly pushing the North Atlantic Alliance for 30 years to expand to the east and to develop militarily the post-Soviet space, including Ukraine. After the pro-American coup d'état in Kyiv in 2014, NATO tripled the size of the Rapid Reaction Force on the "eastern flank".

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives painting the 2013-14 protests in Kyiv as a coup d'état, as well as presenting NATO as an aggressive alliance.

There was no 'pro-American' coup d’état in Kyiv in 2014; this is a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan. The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction by numerous segments of the Ukrainian population to former president Viktor Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the promised (and negotiated for years) Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013.