A number of Russian-language websites have in recent weeks spread a story that Norway and Sweden are responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.
The case took a new turn on Wednesday, when the Russian Foreign Ministry mentioned the matter at a press conference and later posted a message on Twitter, the Ministry of Defense writes in a press release on Thursday evening.
The articles claim, among other things, that named instructors from NATO countries provide training, guidance and advice to Ukrainian military forces. It is alleged that training from Norway and Sweden has led to an increase in violence and lawlessness in the Ukrainian forces.
“Russian authorities contribute to the distribution of disinformation. The allegations have no root in reality,” says Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen (Høyre).
Bakke-Jensen says the case is about a study trip with participants from Trondheim Air Force School over four years ago.
“This is a classic attempt at disinformation and follows a well-known pattern. We saw a similar example recently through the counterfeit letter from the NATO Secretary General,” he says.
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