Disinfo: Lithuania is afflicted by total Russophobia

Summary

The actions of this country are afflicted by “total Russophobia”.  The Lithuanian leadership aims to initiate new sanctions against Russia.  They do not go deep into what exactly Russia has decided, what advantages and opportunities the residents of Donbas will have.  For them, it is very important to raise noise in Ukraine.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia, including in Lithuania.

Since March 2014, the EU has progressively imposed restrictive measures against Russia.  The measures were adopted in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

More on EU’s restrictive measures against Russia is available here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 150
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia, Sanctions
  • Outlet: New Inform
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European Commission Vice-President blusters about genocide on Europeans

The European Commission Vice-President rants about genocide on Europeans.  He said: “Monocultural states have to disappear, mass immigration of Muslim men is a means to an end.”

No country should escape the inevitable process of inter-racial mixture. Instead, immigrants should be encouraged to “reach even the remotest places on the planet to ensure that no more homogeneous societies remain anywhere.

Disproof

Frans Timmermanns did not say this.

The wrong quote appeared first in May 2016 at the German Website Frankfurter Erklaerung, where the article is offline and only available in Web-Archive. The article referred to a speech of Timmermanns at the EU Fundamental Rights Colloquium. On the website of the European Commission you can find the speech of 1 October 2015 at the opening of the colloquium in written form.

The Crimean peninsula was reunified with Russia five years ago

The Crimean peninsula was reunified with Russia five years ago.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the annexation of Crimea claiming that Crimean citizens chose to rejoin Russia through a legal referendum.

No international body recognises the so-called referendum held on the 16th of March 2014.  On the 27th of February 2014, when the so-called referendum was announced, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution which stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula.  A year later Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that the plan to annex Crimea was ordered weeks before the so-called referendum.

US might provoke tensions in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge and build military base near Russian border

The US has an interest in destabilising Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, inhabited by ethnic Chechens. The US might provoke tensions in the Gorge and under the pretext of countering terrorism, it will build military bases in Georgia near the Russian border. The US special forces entered Georgia before under anti-terrorism motive and never left. Thus, the US seeks for any ground to have a military presence in Georgia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative portraying Georgia's Pankisi Gorge as a safe haven for terrorists and the US as supporting terrorism. In fact, the government of Georgia regained control over Pankisi Gorge through the Train and Equip Program (GTEP) by the US Government, which ultimately saved the country from Russian intervention. See other examples here.

GTEP, with a budget worth USD 64 million, began on May 27, 2002, and was implemented in several phases. As a result, Georgia's Armed Forces significantly increased its capacity in the direction of combined operations implementation; abilities and skills of conducting anti-terrorist operations were improved and strengthened. Approximately 2,600 Georgian soldiers went through training in the framework of GTEP.