Disinfo: Lithuania is NATO’s dog barking at Russia and Belarus


Lithuanian politicians cannot have their opinion because Lithuanian politics does not exist as such. Lithuania has the same degree of sovereignty as a stray dog on a chain. In the east of NATO and the EU, Lithuanian political dog is tied to protect the yard. Its freedom is limited to the chain’s length and its freedom of expression is manifested in barking at Russia and Belarus. When the political dog is taken to the oversees farm it starts barking even more out of gratitude.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about lost sovereignty and vassal Baltic states, aimed to discredit Lithuania and other Baltic states.

Lithuania is an independent state, which makes sovereign decisions about its foreign and domestic policy. NATO's increased presence in the Baltic Sea region has been a request of the Baltic states. Following Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia requested a greater NATO presence in the region.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US is occupying the EU and the Baltic countries nearly lost their statehood, that Lithuania is a hostage of the American interests in Eastern Europe, and that Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians.


  • Reported in: Issue 190
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Puppets, Sovereignty, NATO, Baltic states


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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