Disinfo: Belarusian protests sponsored by EU, NATO and the Jews

Summary

Russian President Vladimir Putin in August ordered the French president and German chancellor to remain silent and not to interfere in the affairs of Belarus. It was a decisive stage of the defeat of the Belarusian opposition. And that is true. Externally inspired protests (or even attempts to take advantage of purely popular protests) sponsored by the EU, NATO, or even the Jews – Soros or Bernard Levy – should be “appeased” by force, not by leniency, through dialogues with the opposition, which is paid for by foreigners. “Soros and Bernard L’s Jewish puppets” were crushed in Belarus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus and Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus. The article does not provide any evidence that the EU, NATO or other foreign forces or foundations are involved in any way in the protests in Belarus.

Large-scale protests began in Minsk on August 9 against the results of the presidential election, and then in other cities. People revolted against what they call election fraud but also against the aggressiveness of the police, who arrested and ill-treated hundreds of rally participants.

The European Council condemned, on 19 August 2020, the violence against peaceful protesters and announced that it would soon adopt a list of sanctions for those responsible for violence in Belarus. "As the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair, and did not meet international standards, the EU does not recognize the results presented by the Belarus authorities," is mentioned in a European Council press release.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel made the offer of an EU-led mediation for Belarus. German chancellor Angela Merkel after EU talks stressed that there should be no external intervention: “For us it is clear that Belarus must find its own path, that must happen via dialogue in the country and there must be no intervention from outside,” she said.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that Poland is preparing Euromaidan scenario for Belarus, that Belarus will turn into anti-Russia in case it does not deepen integration with Russia, that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian, that a coup and foreign military invasion may happen, that the USA, NATO and EU want to dictate to the people of Belarus a regime-change, that the West is helping to destabilise the situation in Belarus before the election, and that the West dreams of tearing Belarus apart from Russia and to organise a Ukraine-like scenario.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 211
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: EU, Russia, Belarus, Germany, France
  • Keywords: Emmanuel Macron, Protest, Jews, Colour revolutions, NATO, Vladimir Putin, Conspiracy, George Soros, Angela Merkel

Disclaimer

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