A popular conspiracy theory that Georgia’s NATO integration will allegedly lead to the deployment of Turkish troops in the country, because Turkey is a NATO member state, was revitalized by an online edition Georgia and the World, which released an article on March 16 titled “Hey, NATO, where are you?” The article reposts some fragments from the interview with Alexander Chachia, publisher of Georgia and the World and Moscow-based political analyst, taken by the online edition in 2012. The respondent claims that Turkey is interested in Georgia’s membership to NATO, because it will be able to deploy its troops on the territory of Georgia.
Alexander Chachia, Russian-based political analyst: “Do you know who, besides the United States, is most interested in Georgia’s membership to NATO? Turkey, as well as political circles of Abkhazia and [South] Ossetia. It will enable Turkey to bypass Russia and deploy its troops under the aegis of NATO in Georgia - the country, where they were expelled from by the Russians 20 years ago… What kind of integration will we have, when NATO’s Turkish troops will stand on the one side of the border and Russian troops – on the other?”
16 March, 2018 . Geworld.ge
The myth on the deployment of Turkish troops in Georgia that was revitalized by Alexander Chachia and Geworld.ge is a popular message of anti-Western propaganda and aims at sowing groundless doubts among the public against integration into the North-Atlantic alliance. NATO has no “army” and its structure, functions and procedures do not envisage the deployment of military bases in any member state.
- NATO does not have an “Army”. It consists of military command structure and NATO defensive capabilities - hat are set in motion when required and in accordance with the established procedure.
- Joining NATO does not automatically imply that military forces will enter a new member-state - The NATO activity, procedures and structure do not imply the placement of military bases on the territory of its member-states.
- NATO forces move and enter a country only if threatened, and for defensive purposes - In times of peace, the armed forces of NATO members are under the command of these respective states, not NATO. Hence no NATO member, including Turkey has no additional right to enter the territory of any sovereign country.
- Military actions, troop movements and sending military forces under NATO command to other states are regulated by strict rules and aimed at protecting NATO member-states or carrying out peacekeeping operations - The basis for NATO military operations is Article 5 of the Washington Treaty, which considers an armed attack against one of its members as an attack against NATO as a whole, and provides for the protection of the country attacked. Every such decision is made by consensus – only if all member-states agree
In this case, Ad Nauseam approach as a propaganda method is used. Ad nauseum approach means tireless repetition of an idea. This may be a simple idea or a simple slogan that is repeated so often that people begin to take it as the truth.
Conspiracy theories on the deployment of Turkish troops in Georgia in case of the latter’s integration into NATO were disseminated in 2014-2017 by various pro-Kremlin actors, as well as media and political party representatives.
About Alexander Chachia
Chachia is a Moscow-based political analyst, whose interviews are regularly posted on Georgian language pro-Kremlin websites – Sakinform and Georgia and the World (Geworld.ge). Simultaneously, Chachia is also a member of the Public Council of "Historical Heritage”, an organization that founded "Georgia and the World”. On February 13, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of Honor to Chachia for his great contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation, development of scientific and cultural ties. The text of the order reads that Alexander Chachia is the chairman of people’s movement Samegrelo and publishes a magazine Istoriuli Memkvidreoba (Historic Heritage), as well as newspapers Ilori and Georgia and the World.
Based on research by Damoukidebloba.com, Alexander ChaChia is the Head of "Moscow’s M. V Lomonosov State University Alumni Association of Georgia” and a Board Member of the "Research Center for the Problems of Globalisation”. In 2015, Chachia participated in the "The Great Victory Obtained by Unity” ceremony in Russia that was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the victory obtained in the Second World War.