In the past few weeks, for some really strange reason – or, most likely, just a coincidence – Romania has been targeted by some false articles that became viral in the country and you might’ve heard about them as well, no matter where you are currently located. And it was serious talk: first, we had an article from Sky News claiming that Romanian weapon dealers were smuggling weapons to terrorist organizations; later on, the news that the US moved its nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania surfed the web. So let’s talk about these stories below!
First, it was the news published by Sky News: according to its reporters, they managed to meet with an important weapon trafficking organization in the country and had access to illegal weapons which could be sold to terrorist organization or basically everybody who had the money to pay. After this news sparked a huge controversy in the country, it was reported that in fact the “traffickers” were actually commissioned by the Sky News reporters, who paid them to act as weapon dealers.
Investigations in Romania further showed that the guys in the material were actually hunters who legally owned the weapons and who claimed that the Sky News reporters had indeed paid them to act as weapon dealers, offered them equipment to wear and even wrote the lines they were supposed to say. I didn’t follow the news story too much after this point, as I was sure that it was fake from the beginning, but it’s worth noting that both the author of the material, as well as Sky News don’t consider the story fake or staged and, as far as I know, an investigation is happening in Romania to prove that there are no valid grounds here.
Just_my_note: I doubt that any weapon dealers would accept to get on camera, even if they’re wearing masks. Or at least no serious dealers would do that. Plus, the guys in the material don’t really look like weapon dealers in the first place – at least not how I would expect some to look like – meaner, with more tattoos and scary looking. The guys here look more like beer-loving dudes who might occasionally fire a gun. (Remember that, unlike in the US, owning weapons is not very common in Romania).
And the second story that I was talking about was even stranger: a report from website Euractiv claims that, based on two sources they have, the US has moved its nuclear weapons from Turkey in Romania, after the relationship between the US and Turkey have deteriorated greatly.
This was quickly denied by local authorities, who claimed that moving nuclear missiles is not something you can just do, that approvals from the government should be debated and obtained first and, atop of that, that Romania doesn’t even have the required infrastructure or silos (or whatever they’re called) to even hold nuclear missiles in the first place. I personally doubt that something that big could’ve been done without some proper evidence and at least some actual proof.
So, there you have it: two very important news bits targeted Romania recently but, most likely, it’s nothing but speculation or pure fiction. I am personally 100% sure that both news are wrong (but, of course, I could be wrong. I doubt that too as well).