There is no “NATO order” for the mobilization of Bulgarian troops

  • It is not true that NATO issued an order requiring the mobilization of 30,000 Bulgarian troops;
  • The information about this “order” is fabricated.

False information is spreading on social networks that NATO has issued an order for the mobilization of 30,000 Bulgarian military personnel, which will come into effect on May 20, 2023. The Bulgarian website dailystandart.com writes about this “order”. False information is actively shared by users on Facebook and TikTok.

One of the main distributors is the site DailyStandart – read about the practices of similar sites HERE. A signal about the false information was sent by a reader of Factcheck.bg with a link to the information spread by this site.

Allegedly, on April 16, 2023, NATO issued Order No. 123-NATO-2023, which mandated the mobilization of 30,000 Bulgarian military personnel from May 20, 2023. None of the publications shared the document itself, but only a text retelling its supposed content.

According to the circulated fabricated text, the order is issued on the basis of “Art. 5, paragraph 1 of the 2014 NATO Action in the Event of Armed Conflict Protocol”. The Factcheck.bg check showed that such a protocol does not exist.

There is no order with the specified number or with any other number issued by NATO, which requires the mobilization of Bulgarian troops.

The topic of mobilization has been actively used for the purpose of disinformation since the very beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Photos of call-up orders began to be shared by Bulgarian users on social networks only a day after the start of the war in February 2022. Although the Ministry of Defense has repeatedly denied rumors that there is a mobilization of military personnel in Bulgaria to be sent to Ukraine, the topic continues to be used for disinformation on various occasions.

Earlier in the year, our country’s participation in the European Union Assistance Mission to Ukraine (EUMAM) was also used as a reason to suggest that Bulgaria would send military personnel to participate in military operations on the territory of Ukraine.

In fact, all EUMAM missions take place on the territory of European Union member states, and their purpose is to strengthen the capacity of the Ukrainian army to be able to defend its territories within its internationally recognized borders and to deter and respond to possible future military attacks by Russia and other aggressors.

Fact checked:

It is not true that NATO issued an order mobilizing Bulgarian troops. Information about such an order is fabricated and shared by sites specializing in disinformation.

Translated by Vanessa Nikolova

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Vanessa Nikolova
Vanessa Nikolova
Vanessa Nikolova graduated in journalism from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". She has worked as an editor and translator in print and online media. She is interested in topics related to the Western Balkans and the Far East, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. She is passionate about astronomy and astrophysics, and one of her goals as a journalist is to make science more accessible and interesting for the average reader. Works with English, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Serbian and Korean languages.

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