NATO is looking for a reason to start military action against Belarus and Russia

Summary

The talks about the so called Russian threat are an excuse. Everyone is allegedly worried about Belarus’ domestic policy and its sovereignty as if they really care about Belarus’ problems. In fact, the stationing of U.S. troops in Lithuania means that the U.S. and NATO are looking for a reason to begin military action, and any excuse can be used at the right moment.

Disproof

This is a conspiracy theory which is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia.

Claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia have no basis and have been repeatedly debunked. 

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West is  targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, that the Belarusian opposition, that NATO is planning to invade Belarus, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, and that NATO/US military exercises in Europe are directed against Russia and Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 170
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Military exercise, NATO, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RIA Novosti
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Speaking of the death penalty, the European community which bothers Belarus and Russia, should mind its own business. Only absolute idiots can abolish the death penalty. In Russian, a moratorium on death penalty was introduced by Yeltsin in 1996 and it is not clear for how long the population will tolerate this outrage. At the same time, the EU does not make claims against the U.S. or Japan which keep the death penalty.

Disproof

The EU position is unambiguous. The statement that EU remains silent on death penalties in the U.S. or Japan. The EU is equally vocal concerning capital punishment in the U.S., Japan, and elsewhere.

One of the latest examples is the Local EU Statement on the death penalty in the United States and Belarus, which was delivered in September 2019 during the Council of Europe's Meeting of the Committee of Ministers. There is a whole EU-led Action on US Death Row Cases which contains EU letters to US Governors concerning plans to execute individuals.

JIT MH17 investigation is doubtful, based only on social media and Internet

In June 2019, the JIT issued a new report, detailing the names of four people suspected of shooting down the Boeing MH17. They are Russians Igor Girkin, Sergei Doubinsky, Oleg Poulatov and Ukrainian Leonid Khartchenko. However, the group refers to questionable sources, including photos and information found in social networks and on the Internet.

The JIT, which does not include Russian experts, refuses to take into consideration documents proving that the missile that shot down the Malaysian Boeing belonged to Ukraine. It also ignores the results of the experiments conducted by the Buk designer, the Almaz-Antei group, which show that the Boeing was shot down from an area that was then controlled by the Ukrainian army.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation narrative on MH 17 downing which includes mutually exclusive statements on Russian radar which has not detected any missiles in the area or on the made-in-Ukraine missile. The narrative that Russia was unjustly put apart of the investigation was repeated hundreds of times. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group."

Claims by Buk manufacturer Almaz-Antey were debunked back in 2015 by Bellingcat.

Polish authorities carry out the American will regarding LNG, Ukraine and Belarus

The recent anti-Russian publication of the RAND Corporation (“Extending Russia. Competing from Advantageous Ground”) shows that the United States wants to turn Poland into a tool of fight with the import of Russian gas to Europe and its replacement with the American LNG. The government of the Law and Justice Party is realizing this strategy in a desperate way – purchasing expensive American gas, promoting the US LNG among other countries of the region, and sabotaging investments into pipelines connecting Europe and Russia.

The next sphere mentioned in the RAND Report is the support of the anti-Russian processes taking place in Ukraine – the Report shows that Washington can count on the Warsaw “hawks” regarding this issue.  Finally, Poland can get involved in the process of regime change in Belarus. Both in terms of Ukraine and Belarus, the Polish authorities implement the tasks promoted by the USA in a loyal way.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe, suggesting that the United States fully controls the foreign, defense and energy policy of Poland. See other examples of this message herehere and here.

The statement that the United States entirely shapes the energy policy of Poland and its foreign policy regarding Ukraine and Belarus is a conspiracy theory; it is also a part of a recurring disinformation narrative which questions any attempts at diversifying energy sources, if this means buying gas from other sources than Russia.