Disinfo: NATO needs Macedonia and Montenegro to test radioactive ammunition

Summary

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.

You can see other examples of disinformation on NATO presence in the Balkans, such as its ‘invasion’ of the region, its alleged destruction of the army in Montenegro, its claimed support of a ‘Greater Albania’ or its plans to kill people while based in Macedonia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: North Macedonia, Montenegro
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO
  • Outlet: NewsFront Spanish
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Disproof

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