DISINFO: Decaying Latvia and Lithuania envy Belarus its strategic relations with Russia
DISINFORMATION CASE DETAILS
  • Outlet: Podneprovie (archived)*
  • Date of publication: July 24, 2019
  • Outlet language(s): Russian
  • Reported in: Issue 162
  • Countries / regions discussed: Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, Latvia
Tags:
Economic difficulties Sovereignty Baltic states

DISINFO: Decaying Latvia and Lithuania envy Belarus its strategic relations with Russia

SUMMARY

At present Belarus and Russia actively work on a joint strategy for closer integration. Belarus is the closest Russian ally and its strategic partner. Any European state can envy this, particularly decaying and begging Lithuania and Latvia. However, even if they wholeheartedly wanted to join the Union State of Belarus and Russia, the EU would not support this idea. Hence, the Baltic states have to keep dying.

RESPONSE

Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about socio-economic degradation of the Baltic states in the EU. There is a public consensus in the Baltic States on the benefits of EU membership. 71% of Lithuanians and 54% of Latvians believe that EU membership is a good thing for their countries, whereas 5% and 3% of these countries' populations think the opposite, the European Parliament’s Spring 2019 Eurobarometer shows. Latest Worldbank data shows that GDP per capita, PPP in current international $ in Belarus and Russia stand at 20,000 and 27,100. The figures amount to 28,400 and 33,300 in Latvia and Lithuania, respectively. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Latvia is a US vassal state, Lithuania is a "typical dying young democracy", and that the Baltic states are dying because they chose not to be with Russia.

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