East StratCom disinformation claim:

NATO expanded aggressively after 1989 // NATO promised not to move to the East in 1990.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 23. February 2017

Debunk claim:

The claim about NATO “expansion” misrepresents the process of NATO enlargement. NATO does not “expand” but considers the applications of candidate countries which want to join. See: http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/115204.htm; http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm; http://nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_111767.htm#cl303. In any case, no such promise was made http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/topics_109141.htm. This fact was acknowledged by former Russian President Gorbachev himself in 2014 in an interview for (pro-Kremlin outlet) Russia Beyond the Headlines http://rbth.com/international/2014/10/16/mikhail_gorbachev_i_am_against_all_walls_40673.html.

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Additional information

This information is reported by East StratCom Network in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 8 in the report.

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