March 25, 2024 | The Hill

Serbia and Russia want to refight Kosovo, this time with disinformation

March 25, 2024 | The Hill

Serbia and Russia want to refight Kosovo, this time with disinformation

Excerpt

Yesterday, marked the 25th anniversary of NATO’s intervention against Serbia in 1999 to halt the human rights abuses perpetrated against the ethnic Albanian population in Kosovo.

Today, the U.N. Security Council, at Russia’s request, plans to discuss NATO’s intervention. This will kick off yet another round of Russian disinformation about NATO’s supposed aggression against Serbia, Moscow’s closest ally in the Balkans. This is part of the Kremlin’s effort to paint NATO and the United States as hostile actors, thereby justifying Russia’s own aggression against Ukraine and other European countries.

The West needs to fight back — not just by rebutting Russia’s disinformation, but also by turning the tables on Moscow.

Ivana Stradner is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Mark Montgomery is a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and senior director of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Disinformation International Organizations Military and Political Power Russia U.S. Defense Policy and Strategy Ukraine