Eastern Partnership aimed at weakening Russia’s geopolitical influence

Summary

Despite the outwardly “reassuring” mood of European diplomats, the Eastern Partnership program, according to many experts, was from the very beginning aimed at weakening Russia’s geopolitical influence in Eastern Europe as well as at creating alternative energy supply routes for Europe.

Disproof

The Eastern Partnership programme is a frequent target of pro-Kremlin disinformation. Similar cases are available here and here.

The Eastern Partnership programme is not directed against any country, including Russia. It is a joint policy initiative which aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union, its member states and six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Within this framework, guiding the EU's relations with its neighbours is the EU’s Global Strategy and the European Neighbourhood Policy, which calls for the need to focus on increasing the stabilisation and resilience of the EU's Eastern neighbours. See here for more information about EaP's objectives and a joint commitment to deliver tangible results for citizens across the region.

Read more about the most repeated myths about the Eastern Partnership initiative here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 158
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Armenian, Russian
  • Country: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia
  • Keywords: Eastern Partnership
  • Outlet: Sputnik Armenia
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The US is waging a ”colour revolution” against Russia

The “collective West” has instigated a hybrid war against Russia, containing three major elements: the first element is the economic warfare; the second – sustaining local and regional conflicts. The third, and most important element is information-psychological war – activities aimed at influencing the psychology of the adversary.

The United States are carefully and methodologically preparing a social outburst, a “colour revolution” and a coup d’etat in Russia in 2021–2022, around the time of the next parliamentary elections in Russia.

 

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, presented without evidence. This is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia. The message implies that any spontaneous disorders and civil uprisings in other states are US-funded "colour revolutions".

Western embassies impose same-sex marriages to divide Belarusian society

The LGBT flag waved by the British embassy in Belarus brings destructive consequences to Belarusian society. The US, Swedish and Israel embassies as well as the UN and WHO offices in Belarus also issued statements in support of the LGBT community. Belarusian opposition forces, civic campaigners, human rights defenders and independent media support ‘holers’ [the term used to describe LGBT by former Belarusian Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich] consider May 17th a more important day than Victory Day (May 9th). The promotion of same-sex marriages by foreign actors is aimed to divide Belarusian society, which values family over foreign perversions. Nevertheless, the Belarusian opposition along with the British Embassy continues to impose their values on the whole society.

Disproof

This message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the morally corrupt West and threatened traditional values, as well as the West's aggressive actions towards Belarus and Belarusian society. It is also aimed at discrediting the democratic Belarusian opposition, civil society and independent media.

The UK and other Western embassies did not promote same-sex marriages in Belarus. The British Embassy in Minsk showed support for equal rights for Belarusian LGBT people by flying a rainbow flag for the International Day Against Homophobia. After the Belarusian Interior Ministry slammed the UK embassy in Minsk for flying a rainbow flag on the International Day Against Homophobia in 2018, UK Ambassador Fiona Gibb posted a video stating "We do so not to promote LGBT, but to promote equal rights for this community. LGBT people are not asking for special rights, but simply to enjoy the same respect, dignity and rights as others. As human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people, my government is committed to non-discrimination on any grounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity."

The West has again ordered Belarusian opposition to take over power by force

The Belarusian National Congress (BNC), chaired by opposition politician Mikalai Statkevich, is a real aggressor. It is aggressive towards the Belarusian government, president, the Kremlin, and Belarusian people. Under the cover of peaceful protests, they continue calling people to protest and to burn rubber on Maidan. Such calls will intensify on the eve of Belarusian parliamentary and presidential campaigns. They would not boycott elections as in 2015, because this time the West tasked the BNC with violent take-over of power in Belarus.

Disproof

This is a collection of conspiracies and ungrounded claims aimed to discredit the US and the West,  Mikalai Statkevich and the democratic Belarusian opposition. This disinformation message is consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives about subservient Belarusian opposition and independent media and Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

Mikalai Statkevich is a Belarusian politician and activist. He was a candidate at the 2010 presidential election in Belarus. After the election day crackdown, he was arrested and put in prison. On 26 May 2011, he was sentenced to 6 years in a medium-security penal colony. Amnesty International recognised him as a prisoner of conscience. The EU considered Statkevich as a political prisoner and repeatedly called on the Belarusian authorities to release him. Statkevich was released on 22 August 2015 on the presidential pardon. Since then he was repeatedly detained and faced short-term prison terms on political grounds.