Disinfo: Poland and Lithuania are the main destabilising sources for Belarus and Belarus-Russia relations

Summary

Poland and Lithuania are the main sources of subversive activities against Belarus and Belarus-Russia union. The Belarusian crisis was to a large extent created artificially, the links go to Warsaw and Vilnius. Currently, they are attempting to deepen the political crisis in Belarus and involve as many EU countries as possible.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about colour revolution in Belarus alleging Western attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations.

Mass protests in Belarus erupted against the massive electoral fraud which took place at presidential elections on 9 August 2020. According to the EU, the elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair.  Poland and Lithuania, as well as the EU, have expressed support to people protesting in Belarus.

Read earlier disinformation cases alleging that the EU's aim behind the Eastern Partnership programme is to change the political regimes in Belarus and Russia, that Alyaksandr Lukashenka skipped the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels because the West could organise his killing and that Poland pursues aggressive imperial project Intermarium.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Union State of Belarus and Russia, Eastern Partnership, Sovereignty, Colour revolutions

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