Kyiv conspiracy against Trump uncovered

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  • Reported in: Issue 142
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Donald Trump, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Utro.ru
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NATO is a real danger in the Western Balkans and has destroyed Montenegro’s army

In Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia NATO is seen as a weapon of the United States and a danger to the countries own security challenges. NATO expanded in 2017 to Montenegro and the consequences have been harmful. Montenegro no longer has an army to secure the Otranto Canal or the means to fight against the urgent threat from Islamic Jihadism.

To the Western Balkans, NATO is the real danger.

Disproof

Unfounded claims on NATO. Similar cases can be found here and here.

After Montenegro joined NATO, the defence spending in the country has increased with the intention of investing 2% of GDP in defence by 2024.

Ukraine responsible for MH17 downing

The Ukrainian government is complicit in the 2014 downing of the MH17 passenger craft over east Ukraine. The incident has long been blamed on anti-government forces in the Donbas, but new findings by a Ukrainian whistle-blower implicate the Ukrainian security services in the tragedy.

Given the extraordinarily quick reaction of the Kyiv authorities to the incident, President Poroshenko and his press service were bound to have advance knowledge of the downing. Moreover, Ukraine failed to close its airspace before the plane crash occurred, even though the Donbas hostilities had been under way for months.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative blaming Ukraine and various non-Russian actors for the MH17 crash.

The "whistleblower," a former Ukrainian Security Service official, does not cite any evidence linking the Ukrainian government to the tragedy, and merely relates the "impression" he got from the supposedly swift reaction of Kyiv.

1999 NATO bombings of Yugoslavia killed thousands

The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia which began on 24 March 1999 and ended on 10 June of the same year, according to sources, killed up to 2,500 people in the country. The official pretext for the launch of the operation was the protection of the Kosovo’s Albanian population “against ethnic cleansing and the humanitarian catastrophe”. 

Thus, the West reacted to the Serbian police and army operations to crush the resistance of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which is considered to be a terrorist in Serbia. Albanian terrorists committed their first attacks against Serbian civilians and policemen in Kosovo in 1996. 

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the number of civilian casualties of NATO bombing, debunked by Polygraph three years ago.

The primary purpose of the campaign was to end violence and repression and force Milosevic to withdraw his military, police and para-military forces from Kosovo. (See NATO statement from 1999.)