Tag "НАТО"

Shoigu: NATO is massing troops along Russia’s western borders

By Polygraph Sergey Shoigu Russia’s Defense Minister I will start with an assessment of increased threats. Since 2012, the number of military contingents deployed by NATO near Russia’s western frontiers has increased threefold. Four battalion tactical groups have been deployed in the Baltics and Poland as well as a U.S. Army armored brigade and command staffs of NATO’s multinational divisions in Poland and Romania. The number of engagement-ready forces of

Top Russian General: U.S. and NATO ‘Preparing to Start a War’ with Russia in Europe

By Polygraph Leonid Ivashov, a former top Russian defense ministry official “It indicates that they, the Americans in the first place, are preparing to start a war in Europe, and you can wage a war in Europe against Russia only.” Source: RT, November 8, 2017 False: The claim is unfounded. In a piece published by RT on November 8, Colonel General Leonid Ivashov, a former top Russian defense ministry official,

Fake: Ukraine Not Wanted In NATO

Claiming that Ukraine has no chance of becoming a NATO member is a favorite topic of pro-Kremlin media. Russian Defense Ministry’s television station Zvezda remained faithful to that tradition and declared this week that during this year’s Halifax International Security Forum NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenbeg said NATO does not want to accept Ukraine and Georgia into the Alliance. Speaking at the Halifax Forum Stoltenberg said that NATO doors are

Bots create one third of Russian-language tweets about NATO presence in Eastern Europe

By The Baltic Times Two in three Twitter users who write in Russia about the NATO presence in Eastern Europe are robotic or ‘bot’ accounts, according to a study conducted by the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (StratCom). Together, these accounts created 84 percent on tweets in Russian this subject. The English language space is also heavily affected: 1 in 4 active accounts were likely automated and were

How a social media joke became anti-NATO propaganda in Estonia

By Urve Eslas, for CEPA A Russian propaganda website has turned a local joke about the Estonian-Russian border fence into an anti-NATO narrative directed at Estonia’s ethnic Russians. After an 11 May TV news broadcast showed Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visiting the Estonian-Russian boundary, a few social media users shared observations about the border fence. Some noted that the barrier’s upper metal brackets were turned not towards Russian, but Estonian

German military will create a Cybernetic and Information Command

In Germany, a Cybernetic and Information Command will come into existence in early April, as reported by Reuters. The new facility will be located in Bonn. Its initial size will be 260 people, but it is planned to bring it to 13.5 thousand people, including strategic military intelligence and communication centers, by July. By 2021, the number of employees of the service will reach 14,500 people, 1,500 seats of which

Russian Narratives on NATO’s Deployment

How Russian-language media in Poland and the Baltic States portray NATO’s reinforcements By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab In July 2016, NATO member states decided to enhance the alliance’s presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis, with four multinational battalion-size groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The move was intended to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture and serve as a reminder that “an attack on one is an attack

Countering Information War Lessons Learned from NATO and Partner Countries: Recommendations and Conclusions

By Daniel Milo and Katarína Klingová, Globsec Policy Institute “Russia is waging the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare.“ Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Wales summit, September 2014. In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov published an article, now know famously as “Gerasimov’s Doctrine”, which defined information warfare as the combination of electronic warfare, cyberwarfare and psychological operations into a single, coordinated military effort.

Russian media distort Ukrainian poll results on eve of Independence Day

Distortion and manipulation of Ukrainian poll results is a favorite topic of Russian media. On the eve the country’s 25th independence anniversary scores of Russian media (RIA Novosti, REN TV,  Vzglyad, PolitChaos, Chastnye Voyennye Kompanyi, UBR, Kharkov News Agency) declared that only 60% of Ukrainians considered themselves citizens of their country. The poll in question was conducted by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences Sociology Institute and the Intellectual Perspective Fund.

Fake: Naval NATO Sea Breeze exercises disrupted because of Ukraine

On July 18 RIA Novosti  reported on its website that the Sea Breeze 2016 joint US-Ukrainian military exercises were unable to proceed because of technical problems with Ukraine’s flagship frigate. RIA’s source for this claim was a telephone conversation with an anonymous “military-diplomatic source”.   After Ukrainian Navy leadership disputed RIA’s fake claims, the agency changed the story on their web site, reporting that the exercises were successfully underway. According

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