NATO Integration

Geworld Manipulates NATO Secretary General’s Words

4 July, 2018

On June 27, 2018, an online edition, Georgia and World, released an article titled “Stoltenberg: It will be impossible to preserve the North Atlantic Alliance.” Georgia and World claims that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg released a letter, where he expresses doubts over the future of the alliance. Geworld also claims that the NATO political alliance will face a threat at the upcoming NATO Summit. Against the background of this new development, the online edition questions Georgia’s North-Atlantic political course.

Georgia and World covered the NATO Secretary General’s words in a manipulative manner and even used the card stacking technique of propaganda. The online edition covered only that fragment of Stoltenberg’s speech at Lancaster House on June 21, where he touched upon the issues being discussed in the alliance, whereas the part of his speech, where the NATO Secretary General talks about three strong sides of NATO that largely determines the alliance’s viability, were fully neglected by Georgia and World.


Propaganda Method: Card stacking – Facts or statements are partially true. This occurs when information is correct, but it is offered selectively, or key facts are omitted. The Kremlin typically uses this technique to guide audiences to a conclusion that fits into a pre-fabricated or false narrative.

Goal: The goal of manipulation is to arouse skepticism towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and to promote the idea that Georgia’s NATO membership is unreal, because the Alliance itself suffers a crisis and needs reforms.


On June 21, 2018, Jens Stoltenberg delivered a speech at Lancaster House focusing on the challenges faced by the alliance and its strong sides. The full text of the NATO Secretary General’s speech is available at NATO website.


Full version of Stoltenberg’s quotes

Small part of Stoltenberg’s quotes, which was took out of context by Geworld

It is not written in stone that the transatlantic bond will survive forever. But I believe we will preserve it.

And let me give you three reasons why.

First, we have overcome disagreements before. Differences of opinion is nothing new.

Some of them have been substantial…

Second, maintaining the transatlantic partnership is in our strategic interest.

The third reason why we can maintain the transatlantic bond is that we are doing it right now. In NATO. There are many different ties that bind Europe and North America together.

It is not written in stone that the transatlantic bond will survive forever. But I believe we will preserve it.

And let me give you three reasons why.

First, we have overcome disagreements before. Differences of opinion is nothing new.

Some of them have been substantial…

Second, maintaining the transatlantic partnership is in our strategic interest.

The third reason why we can maintain the transatlantic bond is that we are doing it right now. In NATO. There are many different ties that bind Europe and North America together.


Georgia and World used the following terms to assess Stoltenberg’s speech: “impossible,” “alarming,” “doubts towards unity,” “concern,” “huge disagreement,” which aimed at using emotional manipulation techniques and arousing skepticism among readers towards the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Moreover, the article predicts a threat about the United States allegedly quitting the alliance. It refers to Donald Trump’s remarks made in 2016, where he called NATO “an obsolete” organization. The online edition mentions the fact to strengthen its own arguments and says nothing about the fact that in April 2017, the U.S. president abandoned his position of lambasting the military alliance. “I said it was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete,” - said Trump.

Media Development Foundation’s 2017 report on Anti-Western propaganda in Georgia also revealed that sowing skepticism about prospects of Georgia’s NATO membership was a dominant trend in this topic: one could often hear opinions that Georgia’s NATO membership was unrealistic; that Alliance was in crisis itself and required reformation.


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