The Baltic states pursue anti-Belarusian policies

Summary

Lithuania stands out among the Baltic states with its active anti-Belarusian foreign policy. It attempts to block the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. Latvia seems to be willing to buy energy produced at the Belarusian nuclear plant. However, it is under external control and will not allow the energy to pass through its territory to other EU countries.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory about Latvia under external control and ungrounded generalisations about foreign policies of the Baltic states.

Lithuania's decision to ban the import of electricity from Belarus' nuclear power plant in Astravets is based on security concerns, rather than political considerations and anti-Belarusian policy as alleged.

On 7 June 2011, Lithuania lodged a complaint with the Implementing Committee of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (the Espoo Convention) on the case of the Astravets nuclear power plant. In February 2019, the draft decision of the Meeting of the Parties of the Espoo Convention acknowledged that Belarus had failed to comply with some Convention provisions and encouraged Belarus and Lithuania to continue bilateral expert consultations.

See earlier disinformation case alleging that Lithuania fights against the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant on the orders of Sweden and Finland.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Nuclear issues, Conspiracy, Baltic states
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Due to a very high decline in Lithuania’s population, the country will be depopulated in 20 years

The population decline in Lithuania is so rapid that virtually no people will remain in the country in twenty years. Hence, Lithuania will not need any nuclear energy sector as kerosene lamps will suffice for the remaining people.

Disproof

This message is consistent with pro-Kremlin narrative about the socio-economic and demographic degradation in the Baltic states because of their membership of the EU. See earlier disinformation case alleging that the Baltic states are dying because they chose not to be with Russia.

 

There is a Civil War in Ukraine

The worst thing is, there is a civil war in Ukraine. […] The conflict has run through the whole of Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the war in Ukraine.

Russia provoked the war in Ukraine, and it is therefore not a civil war.

There is no evidence for accusations there was an alleged “occupation” of the Crimean peninsula in 2014

There is no evidence for accusations there was an alleged “occupation” of the Crimean peninsula in 2014

The Crimea had decided to reunite with Russia by referendum in 2014.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February 2014, and held on 16th of March 2014.The European Union does not recognise, and continues to strongly condemn, this violation of international law, which remains a challenge to the international security order.