The West sends third rate officials to Serbia

Summary

Western countries cannot resent the way Serbia welcomed Putin and Medvedev. The West sends officials of a third rate category, deputies of deputies, to visit Serbia. When Western politicians come to visit, Serbia immediately gets orders. On the contrary, Russia does not give conditions to Serbia.

Disproof

Recurring narrative painting the West as unreliable in comparison to Russia. Serbia is a sovereign state and not subservient to the EU and NATO, and many high officials from the West have visited it. The last visit happened just a week ago (22nd October 2019) when German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, visited Belgrade.

The President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, made a two-day visit to Belgrade in September 2019. French President Emmanuel Macron visited Serbia in July 2019 and an official visit of the Hungarian President, János Áder, also took place in July 2019.

Earlier in 2018, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visited Serbia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also visited Serbia during 2018.

Read a similar disinformation case about Serbia only having visits from low ranking officials here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Russia, Serbia, The West
  • Keywords: Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Srbija
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Disproof

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Disproof

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