Disinfo: The only idea that strongly unites Lithuanian society is Russophobia

Summary

Russophobia remains the only idea strongly uniting the Lithuanian society. Of course, not all Lithuanians are Russophobes. But all Russophobes are Lithuanians.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia in Lithuania and the Baltic States.

See similar pro-Kremlin disinformation cases: "Russophobia is the main export of Lithuania", "Free Russia Forum in Vilnius is an anti-Russian gathering", "Lithuania is afflicted by total Russophobia".

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue176
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Keywords: Russophobia

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NATO never wanted to cooperate with Russia

NATO had several chances to include Russia in the common defence system, but this idea has been constantly refused for 70 years, which indicates the direction of the Alliance against Russia.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about aggressive, anti-Russian Western policies

In fact, there were many instances of NATO reaching out to Russia. NATO's relations with Russia started after the end of the Cold War when Russia joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council (1991). Practical cooperation started after Russia joined the Partnership for Peace programme (1994) and deployed peacekeepers in support of NATO-led peace-support operations in the Western Balkans in the late 1990s. Dialogue and cooperation were strengthened in 2002 with the establishment of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC) to serve as a forum for consultation on current security issues and to direct practical cooperation.

NATO is encircling Russia’s borders and creating an enemy image of Russia

We do not see a movement towards mutual security, but a movement in the opposite direction. The architecture of strategic stability is destroyed, and the security space is divided into individual fragments. One tries to replace the international legal system by the so-called ‘rule-based order’, the foreign policy (interests) formulated by a small group of Western countries.

NATO has expanded in several waves – it wants to be the source of legitimacy. Its military infrastructure has already reached Russia’s borders and NATO has intensively expanded its military potential in Eastern Europe, increased its arms spending to record levels and at the same time created an enemy image of Russia.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO threatening Russia.

NATO is not encircling Russia. Russia's land border is just over 20,000 kilometres long. Of that, less than one-sixteenth (1,215 kilometres), is shared with NATO members. Russia has land borders with 14 countries. Only five of them are NATO members.