Disinfo: Russophobic Baltic States are beggars and vassals of the West

Summary

Today the Baltic states are trying to erase the memory of the rich Soviet heritage. Soviet power built advanced plants, hydroelectric power stations, ports, and housing in the Baltic states. The well-being was taken for granted, but today it is mainly presented as proof of Soviet “occupation”. With the collapse of the Soviet Union the prosperity of the Baltic States ended. The handouts from Brussels turned the Baltic States into beggars and vassals of the West, with ruined economy, protracted financial crises and massive flight of people abroad. Today the Baltic Russophobes are only capable of “containing Russia”. The Baltic States turned Russophobia into their most demanded product in the West.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying the Soviet occupation of the Baltic States, also consistent with disinformation narratives about socio-economic degradation in the Baltic States as opposed to their alleged well-being under the USSR, lost sovereignty / external control, and ubiquitous Russophobia. The economic situation of all three Baltic States is strong and demonstrates some of the leading economic growth indicators in the EU. The dynamics over the past years are available here.

Read our past stories about Russophobia in the Baltic states and elsewhere The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings and see similar disinformation cases alleging that Russophobia is the main activity of the Latvian state, that Latvia is a US vassal state, that Russophobic Lithuania plans to tear Belarus away from Russia by dragging it into the Western energy network, the Baltic states have lost industry, agriculture, and population as a result of EU membership, and that Lithuania is temporarily NATO-occupied territory ruled by non-Lithuanians.

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  • Reported in: Issue 177
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/12/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Lithuania, Estonia, Baltic states, Russia, Latvia
  • Keywords: USSR, Russophobia, Baltic states
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NATO is a tool of the global capital based in the ideology of white supremacism

NATO is a very important tool used by ruling elites to promote their capitalist and white supremacist goals, and its summit in London should be seen as a threat for global humankind.

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Conspiracy theory, without any evidence provided to support the claims. NATO is a mutual defence alliance of democratic states aiming to guarantee the freedom and security of its members through political and military means. It doesn’t receive orders from global elites, and decisions are taken by consensus among member states. White supremacism doesn’t play any role in the Atlantic Alliance. All its interventions, such as Kosovo, Afghanistan or Libya, were related to international security challenges, not economic interests. This is part of a recurrent Russian narrative to portray NATO as an aggressive organisation, a US puppet and a tool of Washington’s imperial ambitions with no real substance nor justification to exist. You can see other examples of disinformation against the Atlantic Alliance, such as its obsolescence and its cannibalistic character, its unjustified anti-Russian stance as the only unifying force among its members, its fascistic tendencies or the massive casualties of its bombing campaign against Serbia.

NATO’s existence causes threats on the international stage

NATO is a relic from the old times. Currently, it is an obstacle for the establishment of a new global security system. By the very fact of its existence and its outdated formula to create an enemy, NATO causes threats on the international stage and hampers global peace. Such countries as Russia and China – especially Russia – have become NATO’s chosen enemies.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, portraying NATO as a threat to global peace because it has an aggressive agenda. NATO is a defensive alliance, whose purpose is to protect its member states. Its exercises and military deployments are not directed against Russia or any other country. The claim that NATO is encircling or threatening Russia is one of the myths about this organization. NATO is regularly updating the military requirements for civilian infrastructure, at a time when there are increased challenges to security. Following Russia’s annexation of Crimea and amid emerging security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa in 2014, NATO leaders at the Wales Summit adopted the Readiness Action Plan, a comprehensive package of enhanced collective defense and deterrent measures designed to ensure the transatlantic alliance could respond swiftly and firmly to changes in its security environment. See several other anti-NATO narratives such as NATO provoking Russia; NATO is fully subordinated to the USA; Eastern European countries as NATO “hostages” (Baltic states, Moldova, Poland).

The foreign policy of Poland is the reflection of the US policy

The words of President Duda about Russia show that Polish policy is the reflection of the US policy, a temporary adjustment to the current position of President Trump.

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin narrative on “lost sovereignty” - in the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” of the United States, which fully controls the domestic and foreign policy of this country.

Poland is a sovereign state, which shapes its own foreign and domestic policies. See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americans, the US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.