It will take a millennium for Lithuania to rebuild its railways

Summary

Lithuania considers its railway a tool of Russian and Belarusian soft power and a Soviet legacy. It voices the need to rebuild the railway network according to European standards. This will require around 900-950 annual Lithuanian’ budgets, meaning that Lithuania will be ready to undertake this task by the end of this millennium.

Disproof

Lithuania is a part of the Rail Baltica project which aims to link Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with a new European gauge fast conventional railway.

It is is one of the priority projects of the European Union: Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), for greater connectivity in the EU, improved movement of passengers and freight, which will also contribute to the deepening of the EU Single market. The project envisages a continuous rail link from Tallinn (Estonia) to Warsaw (Poland), going via Riga (Latvia) and Kaunas (Lithuania). The Baltic route should be completed by 2025; the link to Warsaw-2030.

The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about Russophobia in the Baltic States and their socio-economic degradation in  the EU. (See for example: Lithuania is a typical dying young democracy).

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 156
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Baltic states
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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Western bodies – perhaps except the US Congress – are all tired of this all-encompassing Russophobia. The West’s vision of world politics has been built on Russophobia at least for the last five years.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia. The message implies that the West's policy on Russia, including introduction of sanctions, were a result of a fundamental dislike of Russia or Russians rather than of blatant violations of international law by Russia, foremost when it comes to the annexation of Crimea and substantial support to separatists in the east of Ukraine.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US and EU countries are russophobic, fascist and Nazi regimes, and that the US and the UK are using Skripal case to start a crusade against Russia.

Pro-Western Belarusian opposition prefers commemorating WWII events with swastikas and LGBT symbols

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The Belarusian opposition would be much happier if at the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s attack on the USSR (June 22nd) people would take to the streets wearing swastikas and shouting “Long live Belarus!” and “Glory to Ukraine!”. The opposition would also prefer seeing garrison soldiers wearing LGBT badges. Only in this case would the opposition acknowledge the significance of commemorating WWII history.

Disproof

These are ungrounded claims intended to discredit the West and the Belarusian opposition via baseless accusations of Nazi and LGBT sympathies. This story is consistent with pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the West's continuous attempts to undermine Belarusian society through a subservient Belarusian opposition and Western-funded NGOs.

Read our past analysis "Pro-Kremlin News Front Praising Hitler" to learn more on how the terms “Fascism” and “Nazism” in the current pro-Kremlin political terminology are used to undermine those who are critical of Russian policies or the Kremlin. Accusations of fascism are a telltale indicator of disinformation.

Ukraine denies all peaceful means of Donbas conflict solution

[…] The Ukrainian authorities do not wish to talk with or to listen to anyone. They deny all peaceful means of Donbas conflict solution without being able to solve the issue by military means.

 

Disproof

This message contains common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives concerning the war in Ukraine. It disregards a multitude of factual evidence of Russian military presence in Donbas. Consult the evidence database and publications with further evidence here and here.

It is untrue that the Ukrainian authorities purposefully block any attempts to resolve the Donbas conflict. During Zelenskyy's recent visits to Germany and France, the sides have discussed the need to restart peace efforts, including the so-called Normandy format, which brings together Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France. On 27 June Zelenskyy called on Putin to release Ukrainian seamen from detention in Russia. In late April Ukrainian president also called for an exchange of prisoners in "all-to-all" format.