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: Issue182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: North Macedonia, Montenegro
  • Keywords: EU/NATO enlargement, NATO

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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)

Al Qaeda was created to destroy Russians and Serbs

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This is, among other things, published in the material of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service, which has just come to light.

Speaking about Srebrenica, even Philip Corwin, the highest UN civilian representative in Bosnia during the war, later opposed the official version of events. US political scientist Edward Herman and former CIA officer Robert Berr, who at the time “held” Yugoslavian territory, spoke of Srebrenica as a hoax, Wimmer recalls.

Disproof

A recurring disinformation narrative that denies war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed in the 1990s and confirmed by the rulings of the 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 those "intelligence documents" were published by the Swiss portal "Swiss Propaganda Research," referring to the "secret report of the Swiss Federal Intelligence Service (FIS)." In reality the "Swiss Intelligence Service Documents" does not exist.