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Ukraine expects support from North Macedonia in its efforts to stop Russia

Ukraine Ambassador to North Macedonia, Natalia Zadorozhnyuk, speaking today about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, said that it would not be an exaggeration to say that today the fate of the international legal order is being decided. In her speech at the panel discussion on “Ukrainian-Russian Crisis and North Macedonia”, she stressed that either we will live in...

Creating fascination with Russia’s power in media and on social networks in North Macedonia

One of the simplest ways to influence a wider number of people is to glorify a country. Positive glorification can evoke admiration, a sense of belonging and community, a sense of protection, an ever-present refuge, an alternative available to citizens and the state… This is especially possible in times of stunted development or unfulfilled expectations or dissatisfaction with speed...

Why does Putin want escalation with the West?

The former head of the Bulgarian state intelligence agency Dimo ​​Gjaurov, in an interview with TV Nova, commented that one of the goals of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the escalation of the conflict with Ukraine is to force Europe and the United States to open the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Meanwhile, the partner of EURACTIV Europe Elects, estimates...

Portalb: Distorted statement by Russian official instills fear of a “Great war”

Conflicts of great powers, especially the threat of war are always a media topic that affects readers and produces a lot of clicks. On the other hand, if such information is sensational, unsupported by arguments, misrepresented and hyperbolized, it is detrimental to quality journalism. In the text we are analyzing, the public statements of the Russian official are distorted...

North Macedonia pays highest prices for methane in the neighborhood, even though Gazprom lowered its price by 13%

Russian company Gazprom has reached an agreement with the North Macedonia company Makpetrol to lower the price of the methane in North Macedonia (compressed natural gas - CNG) by 13%. As a result, instead of 110 MKD per kg, starting from yesterday, at Makpetrol's kg methane can be purchased for 96 MKD. Starting from the 1st of January this year,...

Rosana Aleksoska: Russian influence is Particularly Present At Important Periods and Events in North Macedonia

The NGO MOST recently published a study dedicated to the fight against false news and narratives. The study “Disinformation and information distortion in North Macedonia December 2021” focuses on the dominant narratives in 2020, with a special focus on articles published in the period from January 1 to May 10. A total of 2,658 articles from 211 portals and...

Truthmeter.mk: Janko Bachev’s pro-Russian party a part of VMRO-DPMNE’s pressure on small parties

Truthmeter.mk published the original text. Meta.mk is republishing it below under the syndicating agreement:   Janko Bacev’s openly pro-Russian non-parliamentary political party sent a statement to the public entitled “United Macedonia to DS, LDP, DOM and VMRO-NP: If you really want one constituency, seize the chance given by VMRO-DPMNE.” They call on the Democratic Union led by Pavle Trajanov, the Democratic Renewal...

“Institutional silence” about name board for Ukrainian city of Sevastopol on Russian children playground in Skopje, North Macedonia

For more than a month, the Centar Municipality, City Hall of Skopje and the Foreign Affairs Ministry of North Macedonia are silent about the questions sent by Meta.mk about the new Russian playground behind the Universal Hall in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. The playground had a board set and then removed, that had the name of the...

Russian authorities add oppositionist Navalny to the “Terrorists list”

The leading Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny, who has been jailed for a year, has been proclaimed a “terrorist” by the Russian state. The loudest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule has been included in the list of “terrorists and extremists” by Russia’s federal financial monitoring service, Rosfinmonitoring, Voice of America reports. Together with Navalny, five of his associates were...

Portalb: Unnecessary media hyperbolization and glorification of Russian military equipment

This is an article that hyperbolically and sensationally glorifies Russian military equipment. The headline “Russia presented the Beast in the Sky: “We will deal with America using this” ​​is a typical example of unprofessional journalistic reporting, which aims to mislead the public, writes Portalb.mk.   On January 6, 2022, through a sensational headline, N-news Media informs readers that Russia has introduced...

Truthmeter.mk: The vaccine does not change your genome and you do not become prey to a “transhumanist agenda”

Meta.mk republishes in its entirety Truthmeter.mk's fact-check: We are reviewing a Facebook post in which a video was shared by a Russian bishop, who said that “global elites want to wipe out 6 billion people.” He adds that world leaders marched under the banner of transhumanism. The post we are reviewing adds that Russia is at a historic crossroads before...

Truthmeter.mk: Narratives which Russia uses to influence news media in Western Balkans

A research titled "Russia’s narratives toward the Western Balkans", published by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence (NATO StratCom COE) identified several Russian narratives in the news media in the Western Balkans. The research is based on the media reporting in 2018, which cited the Serbian edition of the Russian state news agency "Sputnik". The Sputnik website, which...

Rama: External forces court the Western Balkans, but there will be no renunciation of the EU membership

It is frustrating to wait, but Western Balkan leaders need to reject proposals from foreign powers and maintain faith in EU membership, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama appealed in an interview with the Financial Times “Others can bring money, investment, maybe even caviar, but they will not be able to bring what you need to build a functioning free country,”...

Zadorozhniuk: Nazism is not glorified in Ukraine, we lost over 8 million people in WWII

Ukraine in the period between 1939 and 1945, in WWII, lost over 8 million people and it has no reasons to glorify the Nazism, says the Ukrainian ambassador in North Macedonia, Natalia Zadorozhniuk after the protest on the 20th of January in front of the Ukrainian embassy in Skopje, held with the slogan "Objecting the glorification of the nazism...

Truthmeter.mk: A protest justifying aggression against a sovereign country

A small group of citizens protested in front of the Ukrainian embassy last week with a classic exchange of theses – to declare the victim of aggression by the “big brother” a justified goal and to wrap it all in some imaginary ideological sugarcoating, writes Truthmeter.mk We republish the analysis below:   Is there any justification for the annexation of a part...

Defense minister: North Macedonia supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity

Slavjanka Petrovska, the minister of defense of North Macedonia said for NMacedonian TV 24 that the state institutions are following-up on the situation in Ukraine, in the light of the repositioning of the Russian armed forces on the border with Ukraine. "I have to highlight that we completely support the efforts within the framework of the NATO Alliance and the...

Counterspin: High gas import prices are not related to North Macedonia government”s negotiation capabilities

The claim of VMRO-DPMNE that the Government did not provide low gas prices, unlike “all governments in the region and the world” is a spin. The price of imported natural gas depends very little on the government’s negotiating capabilities, writes Truthmeter.mk. We republish below Truthmeter's article under our syndication agreement: Author: Goran Lefkov   The political party VMRO-DPMNE in a statement published on...

Russia labels six other Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty journalists as “Foreign agents”

Radio Free Europe (RFE) reports that six more of its journalists have been labeled “foreign agents” by the Russian Federation, launching 2022 with a total of 18 Russian journalists from the RFE / RL service labeled “foreign agents”. They face estimated fines of more than $ 13 million under Russian law on the issue. RFE / RL say it is...

Following Eastern Europe, Russia is requesting withdrawal of NATO forces from Bulgaria and Romania

Russia’s request for the withdrawal of NATO forces (foreign troops, weapons and equipment) is not only for the countries of Central and Eastern Europe but for all countries that were not members of NATO in the period before 1997. The security guarantees that Russia is seeking from NATO also apply to Romania and Bulgaria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov...

Truthmeter.mk: Video from Russia, presented as if it were from Mount Athos, showing the Mother of God

Truthmeter.mk is reviewing a Facebook post, which says that an amazing video from Mount Athos shows the appearance of the Mother of God. According to the description in the text, the video was shot on Mount Athos and shows the appearance of the Most Holy Mother of God.   Meta.mk republishes this fact-checking article in its entirety below: Around the figure that people...