In an interview with the independent US media portal grayzone.com, the retired Swiss intelligence officer, NATO advisor and author Jacques Baud dealt with the Ukraine war and in particular sharply criticized Western media reporting.

Baud, whose most recent book “Operation Z” is devoted to the Ukraine conflict, pointed out that the Western media consistently only reported the Ukrainian version of events, which is often embellished or simply wrong.

The former Swiss military-intelligence officer explained: “All the information we have about Ukraine, I can say all, 100 percent of the information that appears in the mainstream media comes from Ukrainian propaganda. I mean the numbers, the number of injuries, the number of fatalities, the number of incidents, everything.”

Baud essentially identified three subject areas in which Western reporting is way off the mark because it takes a one-sided pro-Ukrainian position.

Firstly, the West is talking (or writing) about the use of Russian nuclear weapons – even though Putin has never threatened to use nuclear weapons. The Kremlin boss only threatened to use “all the weapons systems at our disposal” if “the territorial integrity of our country is threatened”. According to Baud, these primarily include hypersonic missiles and missiles with multiple warheads, but not nuclear warheads.

Incidentally, a “no first use” policy applies in Russia when it comes to the use of nuclear weapons – in complete contrast to the US. US President Biden moved away from such a “no first strike” policy this year. So it is in fact Washington which is keeping a nuclear strike open.

Even the closest US ally, Great Britain, has repeatedly confirmed a nuclear first strike. The now former Prime Minister Liz Truss expressly underlined this in the run-up to her assumption of office: “I am ready to do it.”

Secondly, contrary to actual developments, Russia is not sabotaging possible peace negotiations or a negotiated solution. The fact is that since the outbreak of the war the US and Great Britain have succeeded several times in thwarting a peace agreement between Ukraine and Russia.

As early as March, shortly after the start of the war, Putin’s words that Ukraine and Russia were “very, very close to a peace agreement” fell on deaf ears in the western mainstream media. At the time, Ukraine was being pressured by the United States and the West to refuse a compromise with Russia. In this context, Baud pointed out that there have been three attempts to bring about peace between Russia and Ukraine – all of which have been nipped in the bud by the West.

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