Belarusians are part of the Russian people

Summary

Belarusian nationalists promote Polish and Lithuanian agendas and manipulate society by saying that national idea is absent in Belarus. The Belarusian society bought this manipulation and even president Alyaksandr Lukashenka publicly stated that the national idea has to be formulated for the country. In fact, this a false message because the actual national idea has always been present and its essence is that Belarusians are Russians. Minor differences that Belarusians have are the result of Polish and Baltic influences.

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the all-Russian nation. This is an Imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology which is at present time is aimed at weakening national identity of Belarusian and Ukrainians and these countries' sovereignty. See earlier case with a similar narrative.

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  • Reported in: Issue 145
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Mogilew.by, Soglasie.by
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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the corrupt and undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

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France, the UK and USA support terrorists in Syria

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the involvement of the Western coalition in the chemical attacks, the White Helmets and terrorism in Syria. See here for background information and here for more disinformation cases.

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The President of the United States has never made pro-Ukrainian statements

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Disproof

Ukraine is not for the US to give to Russia. Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by most of the free world, including the EU. Relations between the US and Ukraine are bilateral relations between two independent countries.

The president of the U.S Donald Trump has publicly supported Ukraine many times.  For example, Trump cancelled the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Argentina in 2018 because of the conflict in the in the Sea of Azov. “Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting”, he declared.