Disinfo: Lithuanian Foreign Ministry tries to rewrite the history of World War II

Summary
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry suggests that the Parliament should condemn attempts to rewrite history. The unpleasant part of this initiative is that Russia appears in its wording, while Russia actually did not rewrite any history. On the contrary, it carefully defends the historical truth, which some politicians, in particular, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, are trying to reconsider and even to legally prohibit.

 

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This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses the Baltic states, Ukraine and Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of their history.

It is a fact that both Nazi Germany and the Stalinist USSR were totalitarian regimes, which caused the deaths of tens of millions of people. It is also proven that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of the territories of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Romania into Soviet and Nazi spheres of influence. The Soviet Union's occupation of the Baltic states lasted from 1940-1941 and 1944-1990 and resulted in mass deportations and repressions against local populations.

Read similar cases claiming that Lithuanian authorities rewrite the history of their own country, that Poland and Lithuania question the status of Russia as a country who won WWII, and that US vassals question the outcome and results of the WWII.

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  • Reported in: Issue189
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Historical revisionism, WWII
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Lithuania has no sovereign policy

Lithuanian politicians, do not and cannot, have their own opinions. Moreover, there is no Lithuanian policy and cannot be. There is a certain degree of sovereignty like that of a dog tied to a short leash. In the East of NATO and the EU, a Lithuanian political dog is tied to guard the yard. It has freedom within the chain, freedom of expression that is made to address two Eastern neighbors – Russia and Belarus.

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This message is part of a Pro Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Lithuania, presenting the Baltic states as not sovereign, as “vassals”  of US and NATO and used against Russia. See other examples of this narrative here, here and here.

Lithuania is an independent state, which makes sovereign decisions about its foreign and domestic policy.  NATO's increased presence in the Baltic Sea region has been at the request of the Baltic states. Following Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia requested a greater NATO presence in the region.

Coronavirus is a classic example of hybrid warfare

World centres use the coronavirus to control humanity. This is a classic example of hybrid warfare. By supporting and creating panic around the coronavirus, the notorious centres have the chance to directly influence the politics and economies of other countries. Also, this tool helps to break the prevailing value system and wreak havoc. It is easy to control a person living in an atmosphere of fear and panic.

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Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, as well as recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the secret elites (CIA, Global Government, Soros, etc.), “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that rob nations of their sovereignty and identity, crush economies and threaten traditional values.

There is no evidence that suggests that the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is used as a weapon against other states. It comes from a family of viruses that include other viruses such as SARS and MERS. It was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in central China and has been rapidly spreading with new cases being reported in the Asia-Pacific region as well as Europe, North America and the Middle East, causing more than 3584 deaths by 08 March 2020.

The Polish policy towards Belarus is driven by the intensifying Polish obsession with Russia

The Polish attitude towards Belarus is not the attitude to a normal state, but an attitude driven by the intensifying obsession with Russia.

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This message is a part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack on Poland, accusing this country of Russophobia, an information war against Russia and manipulation with history for political reasons.

The foreign policy of Poland and the Polish policy towards Belarus are not shaped by the alleged “obsession with Russia” or Russophobia – they are based on the principles of international law and mutually beneficial cooperation.