Disinfo: The Russophobic political power in Lithuania will undermine the president

Summary

The eternal strategy of Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christians Democrats (winners of parliamentarian elections 2020 in Lithuania) is Russophobia […]

This political power is also the master of spin. I.e. they offer Gabrielius Landsbergis as a candidate for Minister of Foreign Affairs. In Lithuania’s constitution, foreign affairs are the main responsibility of the president, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs should be his right-hand man. Gabrielius Landsbergis is a grandson of Vytautas Landsbergis – a powerful politician, the first head of Lithuania after the collapse of Soviet Union. In these circumstances, the president of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda risks to become the left-hand man of the Minister of Foreign Affairs because Gabrielius Landsbergis is just a puppet of his grandfather.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Russophobia.

Pro-Kremlin disinformation tries to present Lithuania as a Russophobic state. See similar cases here and here. It is Lithuania's criticism of Russia's aggressive policy and illegal actions abroad (i.e. annexation of Crimea) and support of Russian and Belarusian political opposition etc. that are labelled as “Russophobia”.

The statement that Gabrielius Landsbergis, in the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, will undermine the president and will act as a puppet of Vytautas Landsbergis is a conspiracy theory. The President of Lithuania approves the composition of the forming Government (see Constitution of Republic of Lithuania, Article 84). It means that the head of the state has enough power to approve, or dismiss candidates for ministerial posts. According the Constitution, it is the President who decides on the basic issues of foreign policy and conducts foreign policy together with the Government.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 221
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Keywords: Russophobia, Conspiracy theory

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