If Belarus does not deepen integration with Russia it will turn into anti-Russia

Summary

If Belarus does not deepen integration with Russia within the Treaty on Union State, it will follow the Ukrainian path and will turn into anti-Russia. All events in Belarus are currently developing the same way as in Ukraine a few years ago.

Disproof

This message is consistent with the recurring an unfounded pro-Kremlin narrative about West's attempts to organize a Ukraine-like Maidan in Belarus and about the rise of Russophobia in Belarus. See earlier cases about the alleged western plans to make Belarus an anti-Russian bastion, or to organize Ukraine-like Maidan.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Colour revolutions, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RIA Novosti, Vgzlyad, SvobodnayaPressa, RossiyskiyDialog
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NATO promised Russia it would not expand after the Cold War

In 1989 NATO promised Russia it would not expand after the Cold War.

Mikhail Gorbachev knew: If East Germany joins NATO, the Eastern European countries could then follow this example. But the West assured him at the time that the alliance would not expand.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation that NATO had promised that the Alliance would not expand to the East.

NATO Allies take decisions by consensus and these are recorded.  There is no record of any such decision having been taken by NATO.  Personal assurances from individual leaders cannot replace Alliance consensus and do not constitute formal NATO agreement.

All US aid to Georgia is solely military, ignoring country’s economic and social needs

The United States is allocating financial assistance only for Georgia’s military and defence needs, ignoring non-military assistance altogether.

Disproof

Unfounded allegations about US aid to Georgia. According to the US Congressional Research Service reference paper, US aid to Georgia does not demonstrate any considerable asymmetry in favour or either military or non-military aid:

In 2010 - 2017, US non-military aid to Georgia totalled $60 million a year on average. In addition, Georgia was awarded a five-year (2014-2019) Millennium Challenge Corporation grant of $140 to support educational infrastructure and training. In 2018, US non-military aid was $70.8 million; in 2019, Congress appropriated $89.8 million in non-military aid, and the President’s fiscal year 2020 non-military aid request for Georgia is $42.4 million.

NATO cultivates Cold War block thinking and considers Russia as an enemy

NATO continues to cultivate old ways of thinking and the image of Russia as an enemy.

One of the main objectives of the Western military alliance is still the “fight against the aggression of Moscow”.

Moscow keeps calling for an end to Cold War block thinking.  But that would mean the alliance having to search for a new meaning and new goals. For NATO it is easier to live with the good old enemy image.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO having a belligerent agenda against Russia.

Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has introduced sweeping changes to its membership and working practices – changes made clear by its adoption of new Strategic Concepts in 1999 and 2010.  Accusations that NATO has retained its Cold War purpose ignore the reality of those changes.