Disinfo: Hostile actions of Poland towards Belarus a smokescreen for Poland’s real goals

Summary

[By his actions], Prime Minister Morawiecki will not liberate Belarus, but he will turn the Belarusian authorities away from his country. President Lukashenka has already announced that there will be no re-export of “sanctioned” Polish goods to Russia. The hostile actions of Poland towards Belarus is nothing more than a smokescreen for the real goals of Poland, which are still not defined in Warsaw.

Disproof

This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

The claim that Poland “realises hostile actions against Belarus” is not confirmed by any evidence. On August 14, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented the so-called “Solidarity Plan”, which is aimed at supporting Belarusian society, which faces harsh repressions from the side of the Belarusian authorities. This Plan has five components – support for people facing political repressions; a scholarship programme; better access to the Polish labour market; support to independent media; support to Belarusian NGOs. These steps have no connection to the alleged “active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus”.

Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of Belarus – the Polish authorities have repeatedly underlined their support to independence and sovereignty of Belarus.

See similar disinformation messages about the alleged participation of Poland in the destabilisation of Belarus - Poland openly interferes in domestic affairs of Belarus, dictating to Minsk how it should behave; Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus and Washington authorises vassals Poland and Lithuania to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 213
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Protest, Alexander Lukashenko, Colour revolutions

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the poisoning of Alexei Navalny.

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Disproof

This message distorts the presentation of the socio-economic situation in Belarus and the EU. Belarus is presented as a highly developed Communist-style welfare state, while the EU countries face challenges such as corruption, depopulation and problems with the rule of law.

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Disproof

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