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Russia creates information conditions for escalation against NATO – ISW

Apr 1, 2024

The Kremlin continues to create information conditions to justify Russia's possible escalation against NATO countries in the future, according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

This is reported with reference to the ISW report.


The Kremlin continues its efforts to enforce Russian federal laws in post-Soviet countries where Russia does not have legal jurisdiction, the report says.

Yesterday, March 31, Russian Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov said that Russia, contrary to international law, will continue to defend its right to apply Russian laws to officials of NATO and post-Soviet states for their actions committed in their own countries, where Russian courts do not have jurisdiction, and therefore such prosecution is "unrealistic".

Earlier, the Russian Interior Ministry put several officials from NATO member states on the wanted list on charges of violating various Russian laws in their own countries.

ISW believes that the Kremlin's attempts to apply its federal laws to NATO officials for actions in their own countries effectively deny the sovereignty of these states and are part of Russia's efforts to create information conditions to justify possible escalation against NATO countries in the future.

In February, Russian media reported that Russia had put dozens of officials of NATO and European Union governments on the wanted list for allegedly desecrating and destroying monuments to Soviet soldiers.

Yesterday, March 31, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement that the March 22 terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall allegedly had a "Ukrainian trace" and demanded that Ukraine arrest and extradite "all those involved," including SBU Head Vasyl Malyuk. The Security Service called this statement null and void.

Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 01/04/2024

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