Disinfo: Former US Army commander said the US will not defend Baltic States against Russia


The US Army will not defend Lithuania and the other two Baltic states from Russia if it comes to an armed conflict. At the traditional Snow Meeting in Vilnius on 10th January 2019, the illusions of the Baltic states were shattered by comments by Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, a former commander of the United States Army Europe.


False claim. Ben Hodges, former commander of United States Army Europe did not say that US will not defend the Baltic States against Russia. Lt Gen Hodges said in Vilnius that “right now, the US does not have the capacity to fight a conflict in the Pacific and continue to deter Russia and do all the other things that we have to do. So the European pillar - with American participation but the European pillar – has to be strong enough to continue to deter Russia." He stressed the importance of the continuing development of the armed forces of European nations. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allies.


  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/01/2019
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia
  • Keywords: US presence in Europe, NATO, Baltic states
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The “military psychosis” of Poland and Ukraine and their plans to strengthen air defence systems reflect their aggressive intentions threatening Belarus and Russia. In light of the aggressive policy of the collective West, Poland acts as an “intermediary and vehicle”, whereas Ukraine serves as the “battering ram”.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western belligerence in general and of Poland and Ukraine in particular.

See earlier publications about the West preparing aggressive plans and encircling Russia.

Disinfo: Belarus survived six attempts of colour revolutions inspired by the West

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No evidence presented to prove the multiple 'colour revolution' inspired by foreign entities in Belarus. The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood.

Disinfo: Skripal took part in producing Trump dossier

Sergei Skripal took part in producing the Trump dossier. The supervisor of the former GRU agent Sergei Skripal at the British intelligence office was Christopher Steele, head of the Russian division at MI6. Steele is the author of the so-called “Russian dossier” on U.S. President Donald Trump, a report that talks about the alleged link between the current White House head and the Kremlin.


No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal's poisoning and US elections. According to the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, the original information linking Skripal to the Trump dossier, detailing Donald Trump's alleged links to the Kremlin, was posted on a LinkedIn page, which is no longer available and "proved to be false".