Disinfo: Lithuania should not criticize “Nord Stream 2” because it gets economical support from Germany


Prime minister of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė said that the “Nord Stream 2” project is linked to the geopolitical influence of the Kremlin in Europe. She noticed the "dependence of EU and some of its members on Russia".

Lithuania is taking on too much (when criticising “Nord Stream 2”). Its influence on the EU is ridiculous.

Ingrida Šimonytė could talk about the dependence or independence of European countries from the Kremlin as much as she likes. Lithuania is the most independent country in these terms because nothing depends on it. Statement about Germany and "Nord Stream 2" was made only to say something. Lithuania could not influence any decisions because it gets economical support from Germany via European funds and not vice versa.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation undermining the statehood of Lithuania and belittling its role as the EU member state in the context of the “Nord Stream 2” topic.

European Union is the union of 27 countries. The Treaty of Lisbon fortified principles of equality of member states as well as principles of sincere cooperation (Article 3a).

All EU member states are contributing to the EU budget. Member countries' financial contributions to the EU budget are shared fairly, according to means. More information about pre-allocations assigned to the Member States in certain policy areas can be consulted here. More information about how the EU budget works could be found here. The money from EU funds is used by all member states, including Germany.

See other cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation claiming that Lithuania uses “Russian threat” to get more money from the EU, or that the Lithuanian government does not do any good for Lithuanians, or that the Baltic countries live mainly at the expense of the EU budget.


  • Reported in: Issue 236
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/03/2021
  • Article language(s) Lithuanian, Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Germany, EU
  • Keywords: economy, Nord Stream 2, EU budget
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West hails Zelenskyy’s attempts to eliminate opposition

The West supports Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s attempts to eliminate the opposition. Zelenskyy might succeed in liquidating the Opposition Platform for Life and Anatoly Shariy’s Party.


This is a recurring disinformation narrative by pro-Kremlin media about the West’s purported attempts to interfere in Ukrainian politics and set the political establishment there against Russia.

These two parties have a certain pro-Kremlin propensity, so affiliated politicians and media outlets are trying to portray Zelenskyy as a blatant Russophobe, whom the West ordered to wipe out everything Russian in Ukraine.

Child trafficking in Ukraine is more important than NATO-related issues

Ukraine is turning into a world centre of child trafficking. This is where a big threat lies. How can one be talking about global issues like NATO, when children are being trafficked in Kyiv Region? The number of child adoptions dropped twice in Kyiv Region last year, while the level of international adoptions of Ukrainian children rose twice. The adopting countries are mostly the United States and European nations. The adoption rate in Ukraine is said to have fallen because of the pandemic, but it has not affected international adoptions. There is some kind of a child-trafficking scheme in Ukraine.


This is a recurring attempt by pro-Kremlin propaganda outlets in Ukraine to try and distract attention from real security threats. Child trafficking is a very serious problem in Ukraine and elsewhere in the world, and Kyiv is addressing and dealing with it.

However, there is no mutual exclusion (or causal relationship) between fighting child trafficking in Ukraine and the desire to enhance national security by joining NATO.

NATO is not a collective defence bloc, but America's tool for controlling Europe

defenceNATO needs the Baltic states as an additional domain of control. NATO is not just a collective defense bloc. It is the US's tool of control in Europe, and the entry of the Baltic states into the coalition means that they officially delegate part of their powers in foreign policy and defence to the Americans.


A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about NATO as a tool used by the US to control the policies of European states. This narrative claims that almost all European countries are no longer truly sovereign and the United States dictates EU and member states' policies.

On 4 April 1949, the foreign ministers from 12 countries, including the United States, signed the North Atlantic Treaty creating NATO. At the heart of the Alliance has always been the collective defence and security of all its members. All NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries.