Disinfo: Russophobia is the basic ideology of politicians in the Baltic states

Summary

The elites of the Baltic States are doing everything to damage good neighbourly relations with Russia.

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The common feature of politicians of Lithuania and other Baltic states is defamation about Russia, while Russia is not taking any negative actions against Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia.

Russophobia is the basic ideology of politicians in the Baltic states and the grounds of their political existence. The anti-Russian position is the only thing politicians from the Baltic states could offer to the outside world and their electorate.

Disproof

A recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that the Baltic states are Russophobic.

The accusation of Russophobia from the political elites of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia is baseless. The Baltic states have security concerns, linked to cases of Russian aggression against neighbouring countries, namely the illegal annexation of Crimea and war in Ukraine. In 2018 NATO summit declaration also stated that:

"Russia’s aggressive actions, including the threat and use of force to attain political goals, challenge the Alliance and are undermining Euro-Atlantic security and the rules-based international order."

See similar cases of disinformation: Latvia is blinded by Russophobia; The Baltic states have nothing to offer to Europe, except fear; Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 225
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 24/12/2020
  • Language/target audience: Lithuanian
  • Country: Latvia, Russia, Baltic states, Estonia, Lithuania
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Russophobia

Disclaimer

Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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