From Skopje “to Russia with Love”!

on 18 - 12 - 2015       
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[Review: While We Slobber at NATO’s Gates: Serbia Becomes the Most Powerful Military Force with Russian Weapons!]


The reviewed text indeed includes “slobbering”, as it claims, but it is directed towards Russia. The article looks like just another text resembling something that would be issued by a Cremlin spokesperson.


dddLink to original article: ДОДЕКА НИЕ СЕ ЛИГАВИМЕ ПРЕД ПОРТИТЕ НА НАТО: Србија станува најмоќна воена сила со најсофистицирано Руско вооружување! [While We Slobber at NATO’s Gates: Serbia Becomes the Most Powerful Military Force with Russian Weapons!].

 Date and time of publishing: 07.12.2015

 Peer review date: 09.12.2015

 Reviewer: Vladimir Mircheski


An Open Bias

This text is a copy, which has not been noted within it, contrary to good journalistic practice.

The original text, published by a Serbian portal, has direct purpose – to persuade their domestic public that an eventual deal of the Belgrade authorities with Russia would provide Serbia with military supremacy among the countries in the region. In particular, advantage over Croatia, which is supposed to receive modern weapons from the U.S. army surplus.

The reviewed material–published in Macedonia–uses the headline to send a message that Serbia, unlike Macedonia, perseveres and does not beg for entry into NATO, and is therefore rewarded with Russian aid. The whole thesis is both twisted, and to a degree untrue.

Namely, while Serbia has not sought formal admission to the NATO so far, nevertheless has deepened and active cooperation on political level. Since 2006, Belgrade is a member of the Partnership for Peace, a NATO program that also includes Macedonia.

To conclude, it is untrue that Serbian government is against all things related to NATO, as this article suggests. The “game” between between great powers is active in the region, but it’s improper to use only a street-level criteria of “who’s slobbering, and who’s not” in a journalistic analysis of this issue. Such superficial approach is completely inappropriate when the weight of the issue.

Undoubtedly, the relation of NATO towards Macedonia is an issue that should be addressed through public debate and critique, however a media product about this subject should use formulations that are above the level of a casual chat in a local store.

Finally, the impression remains that the reviewed material burns with desire to promote the current Moscow policies, at the expense of the West. The article shows clear bias to the level of a political love letter “from Skopje to Russia with love!”


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