Disinfo: NATO’s war against [former] Yugoslavia was contrary to international law

Summary

NATO’s war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was against the international law.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about war in former Yugoslavia.

The primary purpose of the NATO 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).

In 1999, the NATO operation for Kosovo followed over a year of intense efforts by the UN and the Contact Group, of which Russia was a member, to bring about a peaceful solution. The UN Security Council on several occasions branded the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and the mounting number of refugees driven from their homes as a threat to international peace and security. NATO's Operation Allied Force was launched to prevent the large-scale and sustained violations of human rights and the killing of civilians.

Read more about disinformation about the war in former Yugoslavia here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Yugoslavia
  • Keywords: Kosovo, War crimes, West, International Law, NATO
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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The US are preparing for nuclear weapons testing

The US are preparing for nuclear weapons testing.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the US' nuclear ambitions. Similar cases are here and here.

The Partial Test Ban Treaty or Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in Atmosphere, In Outer Space and Under Water was signed by the US in 1963. Treaty prohibited all test detonations of nuclear weapons except for those conducted undergrounds. Later in 1996 was signed Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty that bans all nuclear explosions, for both civilian and military purposes, in all environments. US has not ratified CNTBT, but announced a moratorium on nuclear testing in 1992.

Europe interferes into internal affairs of the neighbouring states

The European Endowment for Democracy has grown into an impressive tool for interfering in the internal affairs of “target countries”. It is an intervention, which is designed to ensure the development of social processes in these countries in the interests of the “collective West”.

Disproof

No evidence given. This message is part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about aggressive Western activities.

The European Endowment for Democracy is an organisation that supports local actors promoting democratic change in the European Neighbourhood and beyond. It is an independent foundation created to promote European values of freedom and democracy. Its funding comes from the EU and EU members states. See here for more information about the EED.

Ukraine buys gas in Europe for a price twice as high as its real value

Currently, the prices of gas in Europe have dropped significantly, but Ukraine has to buy it at a price twice as high, due to the requirements of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the IMF and Ukraine.

Ukraine buys gas in Europe at public auctions. At the moment, gas prices in Europe have dropped significantly due to the warm winter in 2019. In turn, the Ukrainian company Naftogaz has reduced the price of gas by 8% for the industry, which in turn would mean lower prices for the Ukrainian citizens. Oksana Markarova, Finance Minister of Ukraine, commented that Naftogaz’s decision to lower the gas price for the population “is in line with the goal of market pricing for natural gas for all consumer categories and thus meets Ukraine’s obligations to the IMF”.