Masses of pilots are resigning from German Air Force – they don’t want to fight against Russia

Summary

Masses of pilots are resigning from German Air Force – they don’t want to fight against Russia.

Disproof

According to the German media, seven Eurofighter pilots have cancelled their service in Bundeswehr recently. The reports focus on the fact that it is a costly loss for the troops as training of the pilots is expensive. There is no evidence that the pilots resignation would have anything to do with Russia. https://www.welt.de/newsticker/dpa_nt/infoline_nt/brennpunkte_nt/article175922509/Wehretat-Von-der-Leyen-fordert-zwoelf-Milliarden-Euro-mehr.html https://www.bild.de/politik/inland/ursula-von-der-leyen/streitet-mit-scholz-um-12-milliarden-55543692.bild.html http://www.handelsblatt.com/politik/deutschland/verteidigungsministerin-ursula-von-der-leyen-fordert-zwoelf-milliarden-euro-mehr-fuer-bundeswehr/21226456.html https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/leyen-meldet-zwoelf-milliarden-mehrbedarf-der-bundeswehr-an-100.html

Disinformation is based on one source, Contra Magazin, that speculates that the pilots probably did not have the desire to prepare for war or NATO confrontation with Russia. The author of the article does not show the evidence on which this conclusion is made. Further debunking by Radio Svoboda: https://www.radiosvoboda.org/a/29201276.html

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 106
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/04/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Germany
  • Keywords: Military
  • Outlet: MK.ru, Sputnik, News Front, Argumenti, others
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