Disinfo: The murder suspect from Caracal supplies girls to NATO soldiers

Summary

New information emerges in the case of the horrific crimes in Caracal, which scandalised, horrified and terrified a whole country. According to the local press, the man was part of a network that “supplies” girls to American soldiers at Deveselu.

Disproof

A new take on attempts to manipulate and misconstrue the role of the missile defense system in Deveselu and the personnel staffing it. DIICOT (Direction for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism Offences) Romania officially denied the claims published by a local newspaper from Olt, according to which a rape and murder suspect had been investigated for supplying girls to the American military in Deveselu. Mihaela Porime, spokesperson for DIICOT, told G4Media.ro that the information is not true. This is not the first time pro-Kremlin media uses fake stories to discredit NATO troops. See the "fake rape" story in Lithuania.

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  • Reported in: Issue 159
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/07/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Romanian
  • Country: Romania, US
  • Keywords: Organised crime, NATO
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Disproof

There is no evidence provided for these claims and they are not the official position of the Serbian government as confirmed by Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić who underlined as well that Mr Popović was neither in charge of the Brussels Agreement and its assessments nor European integration. The Government of the Republic of Serbia has set European integration as one of the most important foreign policy objectives. See here for more information about EU-Serbian relations. The EU is by far the biggest donor to Serbia with more than €3.6 billion (3.688) in grants provided over the past 18 years in all fields, ranging from rule of law, public administration reform, social development, environment and agriculture. The financial assistance is provided through the EU’s Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) which aims to help Serbia to prepare for assuming and effectively implementing obligations of its future membership in the EU. Since 2000, the EU has implemented projects regarding Serbia’s transport infrastructure, health care, air and water quality, solid waste treatment, justice and public administration reform to deliver better services to citizens. The President of Serbia and the President of Kosovo agreed to continue the political dialogue within the Brussels Agreement in September 2018. A panel attended by the two Presidents during the GLOBSEC forum last June also concluded that the agreement is in the interest of both sides.

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO. NATO is a political and military alliance, and NATO member states, including Turkey, make sovereign decisions about their own security. NATO and US military presence in these states is possible only on the basis of the clear consent of the hosting nation. Moreover, All NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries. Fora an overview of Turkey-NATO relations see here For a similar case see here.

The US unilaterally withdraw from the INF treaty which is a core agreement for stability and global security

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the INF Treaty. Extensive evidence has been provided of Russia's violations of the INF Treaty. Russia bears primary responsibility for the end of the INF Treaty, because it has produced, tested and deployed the 9M729 missile, which violates the agreement. In July 2014, then-US President Obama officially accused Russia of testing a missile in violation of the INF Treaty, which prohibits the US or Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range between 500 and 5500 kilometres. In a joint statement released after the meeting held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 December 2018, NATO Foreign Ministers stated that the United States has remained in full compliance with its obligations under the INF Treaty since it entered into force and that Russia has developed and fielded a missile system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security." US and NATO have repeatedly engaged with Russia to preserve the INF treaty. For background on pro-Kremlin myths on the INF Treaty see here.