Disinfo: By supporting protesting Belarusians Lithuania hopes to get more money from Brussels

Summary

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania presented an initiative to provide cost-free visas for Belarusians persecuted by the political regime in the home country. Lithuania is trying to show that many Belarusians do not support Alyaksandr Lukashenka as president and hope to get more money from Brussels. This initiative is bait for people who do not think about the consequences of their activities. The Lithuanian government aspires to create anti-Lukashenka and anti-Belarusian sentiment in society. The real interest of Vilnius is financial. Lithuania, as the main manipulator in the Belarusian events, seeks to get support from Brussels.

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Lithuania actively intervening into events in Belarus since the beginning of protests against Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Vilnius supports the Belarusian opposition and urges to hold new elections in the neighbour country. Belarusian authorities say that Vilnius, Warsaw and other countries are interfering in the internal affairs of Belarus and are trying to control the opposition.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

The claim that Lithuania is "intervening into events in Belarus” and seeking financial interests is unfounded. Lithuania is a neighbour of Belarus and it continues to support the Belarusian people. In the context of brutal persecution of protesters in Belarus, Lithuania made some steps to support civil society in the neighbour country. Earlier Lithuania opened the special “humanitarian corridor” for Belarusians and allow them to arrive under the so-called humanitarian exception. Vilnius University offered free studies and scholarship to Belarusian students. The proposal of issuing free national visas to Belarusians who are persecuted by the regime is only one more step to support people in needs.

See similar disinformation cases alleging that Poland and Lithuania send Belarusian opposition instructions on how to make explosives; The West ants to prepare Maidan in Belarus; Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania are an anti-Belarussian ram, they wish make Belarus anti-Russian; Strikes in Belarusian factories are sponsored by Poland and Lithuania.

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  • Reported in: Issue 222
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian
  • Country: EU, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Alexander Lukashenko, Conspiracy theory

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