Disinfo: Lithuania is turning into Eastern-European Somalia in matters of vaccination

Summary

The daily numbers of people newly infected and dead because of the coronavirus is again growing in Lithuania (after a brief improvement in February).

In the context of the indifference of the European Union and the impotence of Lithuanian authorities, Lithuania is plunging into a situation that is possible only in some kind of Eastern-European Somalia.

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Lithuanian authorities are saying that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe. But it would be better to admit that the vaccine was ineffective or even dangerous for some people.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin disinformatipn narrative attacking Lithuania in the context of the pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19.

Although the Lithuanian authorities are concerned about potential increase of COVID-19 infections rate, the situation in Lithuania is not exeptionally worse compared to the EU/EEA. As of 29 March 2021, on average 704 new infections are reported in Lithuania every day, which is 24% of the highest daily average reported in December.

Lithuania is implementing its vaccination strategy. According to the data of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, 12,7% of population has received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. This rate is higher than the EU/EEA average of 12,3% (data as of 29 March, 2021). Russia has reportedly vaccinated 4,3% of its population (data as of 23rd March, 2021).

The safety of AstraZeneca vaccine was confirmed by both - World Health Organisation and the European Medicines Agency.

See more cases of disinformation claiming that the AstraZeneca vaccine does not work or that catastrophe of vaccination brought huge reputation losses to the EU.

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  • Reported in: Issue 237
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Europe
  • Keywords: vaccination, coronavirus, European Union
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Joe Biden wants to provoke a New Cold War with Russia to distract the Americans from domestic problems

US President Joe Biden wants a new Cold War with Russia. Biden deliberately provokes Russia and seeks to bring about a new Cold War in order to distract US public opinion from domestic problems.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US and the West allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia. The article’s message is also consistent with the pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit US President Joe Biden.

There is no evidence to support the article’s claim that the Biden administration is seeking to launch a “Cold War” with Russia. The Biden administration reacted to specific Kremlin actions that harm the US and its allies, such as ongoing aggression against Ukraine, cyber-attacks, influence operations targeting the US 2020 elections. The administration has also denounced the violation of human and civil rights in Russia, such as the poisoning of an opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Ukraine never had a legal right to Crimea

Ukraine has never had the legal right to Crimea. The peninsula has always been and will always remain Russian land.

Disproof

This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin media trying to deny that Crimea is a part of Ukraine.

Crimea has a very long and complicated history with many peoples living there. Its population was diverse and included in various historical periods Crimean Tatars, Turks, Ukrainians, Russians, Greeks, Bulgarians, Armenians, Italians from Genoa, Urums, Karaites etc. Alans, Scythians, Sarmatians, Goths, Cimmerians, Huns and other ancient nations had also lived there.

NATO needs Georgia as a military platform for a conflict potential with Russia

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[The NATO] partners need Georgia for the constant development of a conflict potential with Russia, and as a platform for the likely deployment of the NATO troops in the regional theatre of military operations. By agreeing to be a kind of anti-Russian "instrument" of the US and NATO in the Caucasus, the Georgian leadership deliberately "frames" its people.

Of course, in a situation of local (regional) conflict, none of the Western partners will sign up for a catastrophe for Georgia's sake . "Younger" allies are needed by the collective West as a consumable in the long-term confrontation with major opponents.

Disproof

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO allegedly pursuing a belligerent and hostile agenda against Russia particularly in the Caucasus as well as about Georgia's cooperation with NATO.

The narrative is part of a larger campaign aiming to influence public support against Georgia's NATO aspirations and portraying neutrality as the most rational foreign policy choice for Georgia. Georgia's movement to join NATO was intensified after the de-facto occupation of a part of its territory.