Disinfo: Baltic countries don't oppose Nord Stream 2 anymore

Summary

Until recently, the Baltic countries were fiercely against the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. In the end of last year they suddenly stopped opposing.

Disproof

In December 2017, pro-Kremlin outlets like Sputnik published articles about sudden change in Baltic countries' position regarding the Nord Stream 2. The disinformation about the change is based on a statement by prime ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They note only that "the Nord Stream 2 project, if implemented. must be in full compliance with the EU acquis and the Energy Union principles." President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė stressed in October that the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 "contravened the Energy Union’s objectives and would further increase European dependence on Gazprom's supplies." Estonia has also raised concerns about the geopolitical effect of Nord Stream as a project which goes against the principles of the Energy Union and gives Russia more instruments to use energy as a foreign policy tool. Further debunking by the Insider. For background see: www.ft.com/content/25a17928-96c3-11e6-a1dc-bdf38d484582, , www.dw.com/en/nordstream-ii-gas-pipeline-in-deep-water/a-41372833,

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  • Reported in: Issue 97
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/02/2018
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Country: Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic states, Latvia
  • Keywords: Energy
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

According to SUT.am, the photo presented as proof of the flash mob in the outlets was a photograph showing a girl with a poster saying “Forgive me, Mustafa”. Actually, the photo shown has been edited and modified. The original photo was taken in October 2014, and the girl in the picture is not a victim of abuse by immigrants, but a participant of the “ЗігрійГероя” (“Warm the Hero”) campaign in Ukraine. And the poster contains the “It is cold, think about those who sleep in the trench” note in Ukrainian, and not “Forgive me, Mustafa,” as the Russian media claims. Further debunking by SUT.am sut.am/en/archives/2496, .