Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in the Baltic States.
The accusation of Russophobia is the universal tool of Kremlin disinformation against other countries. It can be used in different narratives. In this case, the discourse of Russophobia is presented in the context of economic relations.
The decision to close the trade office was taken by Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade in order to optimize the activities of its trade offices abroad. In 2014, after the illegal annexation of Crimea Lithuania suspended the activity of inter-governmental commissions on trade, economic, science, technical and cultural cooperation with Russia.
The ex-President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaite, was a well-known critic of the Kremlin (i.e. see her interview to “Foreign Policy”), especially in the context of Russia’s actions in Ukraine. The Lithuanian authorities continue to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity. However, contrary to the claim in the article, the imposition of sanctions on Russia were not the result of “Russophobia”, but a reaction to Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine. Accusing other countries of “Russophobia” when they call out Russia’s misdeeds is a frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation technique. The EU sovereign decision to impose those restrictions was not due to US dictates but to the fact that Russia’s actions in Crimea and Sevastopol are a violation of international law that remains a challenge to the international security order.
See similar pro-Kremlin disinformation cases: "Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania", "Lithuania is afflicted by total Russophobia", The only idea that strongly unites Lithuanian society is Russophobia.