Disinfo: Poland played an active role in destabilising the situation in Belarus

Summary

It is known that Poland played an active role in destabilising the situation in Belarus after the presidential elections in 2020, as well as in the attempted coup in the spring of 2021.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus presenting Poland as a country with hostile and aggressive plans towards Belarus.

According to pro-Kremlin media, protests, disorders and civil uprisings are never manifestations of genuine popular discontent and political desires manifested by the population but are foreign engineered colour revolutions directed and funded by Western intelligence services or other Western actors, in this case, Poland, to destabilise targeted foreign states and bring about regime change.

The belief or conviction, that you can mastermind from abroad and run for long periods of time foreign countries, neglects fundamental dynamics in democratic aspirations among ordinary people. As such, this conviction disrespects and disregards the local population. Read more about the concept of "colour revolutions" in the pro-Kremlin media here.

The claims that Poland was involved in unfriendly actions towards Belarus or that it has some aggressive geopolitical plans towards this country are therefore unfounded. Poland is a neighbour of Belarus and continues to support the Belarusian people. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.

See earlier disinformation messages alleging that Poland has plans to turn Belarus into a vassal, anti-Russian state with Belarus’ western part being an eastern part of a new Polish state, that the Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita is part of the US doctrine of global dominance, that imperialistic Poland and Lithuania are the springboards for Belarusian Maidan.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Arabic,
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, Belarus
  • Keywords: Coup, Protest, Conspiracy theory, Migration crisis

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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Euromaidan and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

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