The United States and the EU want to isolate Russia

Summary

The United States made the decision – and Europe followed – to isolate Russia.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia, the West attempting to weaken and isolate Russia.

While aware of pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns, the West is trying to keep open channels of communications with Russia.

For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It also invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot, and will not, compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest."

The EU and its member states have maintained a clear policy of reaching out to Russian society and youth, mainly through the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and other people to people contacts, in line with five guiding principles of relations with Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 143
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, EU, US
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Anti-Russian, Russophobia, The West
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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“Dead souls” in the lists – a frequent occurrence in Ukrainian presidential elections

Observers of the organisation “Uspishna varta” claim that one of the most frequent situations during elections were the presence of “dead souls” in the voters’ lists.

 

Disproof

A number of organisations that monitor violations during the Presidential elections in Ukraine, do not confirm the statement of the “Uspishna varta”. For example, the "Committee of voters of Ukraine" claims that among the most typical violations are mistakes in the work of district election commissions, the disclosure of the secrecy of voters' voting by publishing relevant photo materials, campaigning outside the times permitted as specified by the Law "On Elections of the President of Ukraine", problems with voter lists, etc.

The most frequent violations recorded by the OPORA observers on election day were attempts to give ballot papers to voters without proper documents, revealing voting secrets by the demonstration of signed ballot papers etc.  There were no more serious violations during the 31 March election.

The West finances Belarusian opposition and NGOs to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations

The Belarusian opposition is secretly managed by Western institutions, politicians and West-linked NGOs (funded by USAID). Their strategic aim is to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.

US, Germany, Poland and the Baltic countries are most active in this regard.

Over the last years, the West has been using Ukraine to pressure Belarus more often than before. Ukraine’s role within the broader Western strategy against Belarus is to organise information provocations, to give military training to Belarusian radicals, to support public protests with arms, and to organize breakthroughs to Belarus by groups of Ukrainian militants.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood and to organise a 'Belarusian Maidan'.

The article also follows another disinformation narrative about the destabilising effect of the Ukrainian UATV channel which was allowed to broadcast on Belarus' cable networks. No proof of organized arms trafficking from Ukraine to Belarus or of Belarus border violations by Ukrainian militants.

EU assistance to Belarus aims at improving the quality of life of Belarusian citizens in a tangible and visible manner, by strengthening its economy, governance, connectivity and society. Find out more about the EU assistance to Belarus here.

The West attempted to organise a revolution in Belarus using Ukrainian weapons

After 2014, in its attempts to organize a colour revolution in Belarus, the West started using Ukraine more actively than before. In March 2017 Belarusian radical nationals attempted to organise mass disorders in Minsk thanks to Ukraine-originated arms and Ukrainian supporters. A group of fighters tried to break through the border from Ukraine. Grenades and explosives were found in their car.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. The disinformation message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the Western attempts to instigate colour revolutions in EU neighbourhood.

Repeating disinformation spread in 2017 in Belarus during the street protests in the spring. In 2017 Belarus' state-owned mass media (BelTA) published an article “Militants staging a provocation detained in Belarus”, with other publications reporting about weapons allegedly confiscated from the accused. Investigators found no evidence to confirm accusations and the criminal prosecution of all those arrested in relation to the case was closed in late November 2017.