A clear pre-emptive distortion of the actual statements made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolutions.
In his first major foreign policy speech, Blinken outlined the US President [Joe] Biden administration's priorities, promising to avoid "costly military interventions".
Blinken clearly said:
“We will use the power of our example. We will encourage others to make key reforms, overturn bad laws, fight corruption, and stop unjust practices. We will incentivize democratic behaviour.
We will not promote democracy through costly military interventions or by attempting to overthrow authoritarian regimes by force. We have tried these tactics in the past. However well-intentioned, they haven’t worked”.
The Financial Times described this move as seeking to avoid longstanding criticisms that Washington is a meddling global policeman.
Moreover, this case paints popular protests occurring anywhere in the world as “colour protest” staged operations by foreign powers. Similar claims can be found about Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Hong Kong and Russia.
See more similar disinformation cases in our database claiming that the Arab Spring was organised by the West; or that Joe Biden came to power after a colour revolution; or that US forces transport ISIS members inside Syria; or that Anthony Fauci admits that the COVID-19 vaccine situation has turned into a competition.