Putin’s talks with Lukashenka have caused a hysterical reaction of the West

Summary

The West was engaged in fierce information war before the meeting of Putin and Lukashenko. The West is involved in this war because it opposes unification of Belarus and Russia  – which is one of the most important geopolitical issues and will determine the fate of the world. It would mean another step towards restoration of borders of Great Russia (USSR).

Disproof

No evidence given.

There was no hysteria in the West regarding the Putin - Lukashenka meeting, the West was not engaged in information war.

Mainstream Western media gave little coverage to the meeting. For example, the article devoted to the negotiations on Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe only pointed out that the Belarusian leader skipped the 15-17 February Munich Security Conference.  British daily Telegraph described the various sports activities Lukashenko and Putin exercised in addition to their talks. After the meeting  the AFP quoted the "Moscow Times" which claimed that Belarus is ready to merge with Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 137
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: The West, Belarus
  • Keywords: Colour revolutions, Vladimir Putin, Euromaidan
  • Outlet: Regnum
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Crimea has been Russian since 1783 and this was confirmed by the 2014 referendum

Crimea, which has been Russian since 1783, was transferred to the Socialist Republic of Ukraine for administrative reasons in 1954 by Nikita Krushchev, then-leader of the Soviet Union. In 2014, the inhabitants of the Crimean peninsula expressed their choice via referendum to return to Russia.

Disproof

The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court stated that “[t]he information available suggests that the situation within the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol amounts to an international armed conflict between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This international armed conflict began at the latest on 26 February when the Russian Federation deployed members of its armed forces to gain control over parts of the Ukrainian territory without the consent of the Ukrainian Government." Click here for more information.

In addition, Mustafa Dzhemilev disclosed that Vladimir Putin called him on March 12th 2014 announcing that Tatarstan is very happy being part of Russia and that Crimean Tatars will be happy as well.  Announced on March 27th 2014, the "referendum" in Crimea took place on March 16th. On April 17th 2015, Vladimir Putin admitted that "[Russian] soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion".

The Head of the Belarusian Language Society Alena Anisim is responsible for Novy Chas “Russophobe” publications about Chechnya

Alena Anisim, member of the National Assembly (the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament) and the head of the Belarusian Language Society, is responsible for the “Russophobic” articles about the Chechen fighters from 1990s, published in Novy Chas (New Time in English) newspaper. Alena Anisim has declared her candidacy in the upcoming Presidential elections in Belarus, promoting the Belarusian language and culture.

The editorial board of the “Telescope” outlet has reported Alena Anisim to the Prosecutor General, the Minister of Information and the Minister of Internal Affairs, requesting a criminal investigation on the matter.

Disproof

An unfounded claim on Ms. Anisim's responsibility for the articles in question.

Novy chas is one of the few independent Belarusian newspapers remaining relevant in a difficult situation with the mass-media in Belarus, where most of the independent media outlets are regularly oppressed. Over the last few years political activist and journalist Mikalai Dziadok published several articles on the Chechen military leaders who fought against Russia and for independence during Russian-Chechen wars in 1990s.

NATO impoverished Moldova

NATO is a threat to the Republic of Moldova.

This collaboration with NATO, besides putting our budget on the brink, creates problems with Russia, which is our strategic partner.

Besides creating inter-ethnic problems, with 70 percent of the population being against NATO, […] this collaboration with NATO creates serious problems for our peace and the political stability of the country. Look at all the NATO states, they all have terrorist acts.

Disproof

Following  request for access to public information, the Ministry of Defense declared that, last year, only 50,000 lei were allocated from the public budget for military participation in missions abroad.

Previous sociological surveys, such as the May 2018 Barometer of Public Opinion, estimate that 53.8% of Moldovan citizens are against the accession of the Republic of Moldova to NATO. This figure is significantly below the 70% referenced in the articles.