Disinfo: Poland presented a plan of active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus

Summary

One day before Pompeo’s visit to Poland, Prime Minister Morawiecki announced a five-point plan of increased Polish interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus. After Pompeo’s visit, Belarusian opposition member Valery Tsepkala stated that soon, he would have a secret meeting in Warsaw with a high-ranking representative of Washington. It means that the capital of Poland will become a contact point between the US intelligence, American state civil servants and the anti-system opposition from Belarus.

Disproof

This is a classic pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations. It accuses Poland of a plan to intervene in the domestic affairs of Belarus, which is a severe violation of the principles of diplomacy and international relations.

On August 14, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented the so-called “Solidarity Plan”, which is aimed at supporting Belarusian society, which faces harsh repressions from the side of the Belarusian authorities. This Plan has five components – support for people facing political repressions; a scholarship programme; better access to the Polish labour market; support to independent media; support to Belarusian NGOs. These steps have no connection to the alleged “active interference in the domestic affairs of Belarus”. Poland respects the principles of international law and does not intervene in the domestic affairs of any country.

Belarusian politicians which had to flee the country have to meet with foreign representatives abroad because of the current wave of political repressions in Belarus.

See other examples of similar messages: The West supports a bloody post-election Maidan scenario in Belarus; The West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus and The protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to Maidan scenario.

This message appeared in the same article as two other disinformation messages about Poland and Lithuania realising Washington’s policy of destabilising the post-Soviet region and Poland using the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in order to trigger anti-Russian sentiments for further militarisation of this country.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Belarus, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Mike Pompeo, Manipulated elections/referendum, Alexander Lukashenko, US presence in Europe, Colour revolutions, Secret services, Euromaidan, Conspiracy

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