Disinfo: EU pursues policy of demonisation of Russia

Summary

The so called historical resolution of the European Parliament has no connection to history whatsoever. It’s a pure provocation, which is consistent with the current EU policy towards Russia – demonisation.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the EU and the resolution of the European Parliament on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe. Also see previous disinformation cases accusing others of provocations.

The current legal basis for EU-Russia relations is the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which came into force in 1997, initially for 10 years. Since 2007 it has been renewed annually. It established a political framework for regular consultation between the EU and Russia, based on the principles of respect for democracy and human rights, political and economic freedom, and commitment to international peace and security. Furthermore, the PCA is complemented by sectorial agreements covering a wide range of policy areas, including political dialogue, trade, science and technology, education, energy and environment, transport, and prevention of illegal activities. Some of these dialogues and consultations have been suspended following the annexation of Crimea. Read more here.

On 18 September, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, with which:

MEPs voice concern at the efforts of the current Russian leadership to whitewash crimes committed by the Soviet totalitarian regime and see them as a “dangerous component of the information war waged against democratic Europe”. They also condemn extremist and xenophobic political forces and organisations in Europe for distorting historical facts, and employing the symbolism and rhetoric of totalitarian propaganda, including racism, anti-Semitism and hatred towards sexual and other minorities.

Read more about the resolution here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Keywords: European Parliament, EU, Provocation
  • Outlet: Itogi Nedeli @ 5 kanal [25:40 - 26:08]
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NATO needs Macedonia and Montenegro to test radioactive ammunition

Macedonia’s political elite accepted the humiliation of joining NATO, who tries to use its territory to test radioactive ammunition. NATO is rushing to complete its expansion campaign in the Balkans, and from a geostrategic point of view this goes far beyond Montenegro and Macedonia because global security doesn’t depend on those former Yugoslav republics. This is done under the banner of fighting the Russians and terrorism and in the name of democracy, but in fact NATO is looking to test poisonous and radioactive projectiles.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. No evidence is provided to support the claim.

This is part of a recurrent Russian narrative to portray NATO as an aggressive, evil power which disregards rights of even its closest allies. It also fits in the long-term Russian opposition to Balkan countries joining the Atlantic Alliance. North Macedonia and other Balkan countries expressed their own will to join the Euro-Atlantic community and have been working towards the membership of NATO (and the EU) ever since.

The CIA has sent the truth about the war in Yugoslavia to the Swiss

The Swiss Federal Intelligence Service has released a document stating that the US used the same paramilitary forces in the war in the former Yugoslavia as in the previous war on the USSR in Afghanistan, which would later get the name of al-Qaeda. Information throwing new light from the West on Serbs in the war could have been sent to the Swiss by the CIA.

The documents, among other things, recall the case of the massacre at the Markale Market in Sarajevo, which the Bosnian Serb forces were accused of, while later, as in some subsequent cases, UN mission officials concluded that the crime most likely was conducted by Bosnian military forces against their own population.

The list of propaganda examples that the media created a framework for the war in Yugoslavia and which deeply influenced public opinion about the nature and character of the conflict is also cited. Such examples include “the Serbian death camp of Trnopolje”, “Markale”, as well as Srebrenica, which is said to be “the saddest highlight of the war in Bosnia”.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. For similar cases, see here.

The "Swiss Intelligence Service Documents" cited by Sputnik as a source do not exist. Sputnik states that "intelligence documents" were published by the Swiss portal "Swiss Propaganda Research," referring to the "secret report of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS)." Raskrikavanje.rs, a fact-checking website from Serbia, found that the Swiss Propaganda Research portal did not refer to any source, not even a "Swiss intelligence secret document" as Sputnik states.

Markale massacre and Trnopolje camp are a farce of the international community

The Truth of the massacres at the Markale Market in Sarajevo in 1994 and 1995, during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, gradually unfolded Western media propaganda designed to satanize Serbs and pursue the goals of powerful Western states. This is supported by a report by the Swiss Intelligence Service […], stating that United Nations officers have concluded that a massacre on the market was committed by the forces of the BiH Army over their own population.

A report from Swiss intelligence also claims that Western propaganda also made significant use of the Trnopolje camp near Prijedor for a media war against Serbs.

The Trnopolje camp is a farce of the international community through which the stamp of criminals was immediately struck to the Serbs.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative that denies the war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the 1990s as confirmed by the rulings of the competent international courts (ICJ and ICTY).

Večernje Novosti published an article about alleged material published by the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, which, according to this newspaper, disputes "official versions of the circumstances under which the war in the former Yugoslavia took place." Večernje Novosti reported that this "intelligence documents" were published by the Swiss portal "Swiss Propaganda Research," referring to the "secret report of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS)." Raskrikavanje.rs, a fact-checking website from Serbia, found that the Swiss Propaganda Research portal did not refer to any source, not even a "Swiss intelligence secret document". (See here)