Disinfo: The U.S. will easily betray the Baltic states and hand them over to Russia


By abandoning Syrian Kurdistan, the U.S. demonstrated that they can betray their allies at any moment just because they are lazy to deal with their problems. The more Poland, the Baltic countries, and other Eastern European fans of American strength will tug uncle Sam’s sleeve, shout about “Russian threat” and demand ever more American tanks, grenade launchers, and special forces, the more probable that Americans will betray and leave them to Russia to deal with. In fact, Russia is neither interested in Baltic countries nor needs them. They are a godforsaken province, a dual periphery of the West and East. However, the Baltic countries constantly reproduce and attempt to sell the conflict, build their international image at the expense of Russia’s demonization, demand NATO allies an even larger militarization of Russian border, and take West-Russia cooperation as a threat to their interests. Such inadequate allies may drag the U.S. into the entirely unnecessary conflict and force Americans to defend them a thousand miles away from the U.S. shores. Americans do not need this, hence they will easily hand Baltic states over to Russia.


The publication contains recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the Baltic states and Poland as Russophobic and anti-Russian and the US is an unreliable ally which does not care about the Baltic states. It also aims to discredit the Baltic states by portraying them as insignificant, inadequate, and trouble-making. The Baltic states are full-fledged NATO members, and the principle of collective defence remains at the very heart of NATO’s founding treaty. Hence in case of an armed attack against them each of the other NATO members will "assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area," Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty stipulates. The principle of collective defence "remains a unique and enduring principle that binds its members together, committing them to protect each other and setting a spirit of solidarity within the Alliance," NATO Website reads. See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the US does not care about the Baltic states and wants Russia to buy them and that Pentagon admits that the US will be unable to protect Poland from a Russian invasion.


  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2019
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Poland, US, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Latvia
  • Keywords: Kurdistan, Anti-Russian, NATO, Baltic states
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One of the pro-Kremlin messages about the Kyiv government sabotaging peace in the Donbas region. See previous cases about the Minsk agreements and the war in Ukraine. According to the daily report by the SMM OSCE, the Mission recorded fewer ceasefire violations in both Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but those violations were fixed from both sides. The same situation is with the withdrawal of forces. The SMM OSCE saw 16 weapons in violation of withdrawal lines on both sides of the contact line. Specifically, Steinmeier's formula calls for elections to be held in the separatist-held territories under Ukrainian legislation and the supervision of the OSCE. The withdrawal of forces is the other step that should be done before the planned elections. "There won't be any elections there if the troops are still there," said the president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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NATO became the tool of foreign policy for the US. Once the state becomes a NATO member, nobody is asking it for permission to deploy certain types of armament. This is how the missile defence system was deployed in Romania and the same is going to happen in Poland.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narratives on NATO and US global role. This is an example of a narrative shift about the deployment of missile defence systems in Romania and Poland. Before, it was claimed that the US is deploying systems that are capable of launching Tomahawk-type cruise missiles, prohibited by the INF agreement. In fact, both Romania and Poland agreed to host missile defence systems. In 2010, Romania agreed to host Standard Missile 3 interceptor. As for Poland, Poland and the US signed agreement on the deployment of ground-based ballistic missile defence interceptors on the territory of Poland in 2008, but the project was cancelled following a fierce response from the Polish government. Instead, Aegis Ashore Ballistic Missile Defence System (AABMDS) will be deployed in an anti-missile station in Redzikowo, expected to be completed in 2020.

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There is currently no item on the agenda of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on the review of the legalisation of medical cannabis in the country. This fact was confirmed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who said that now is not the time to legalise marijuana in Ukraine. In the spring, a petition appeared in Ukraine demanding the legalisation of marijuana for medical use, the document collected the necessary number of signatures from citizens. The Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Human Rights, National Minorities and Inter-ethnic Relations supported the petition. On May 20, the Parliament registered draft law No. 10313 “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding Ensuring the Fundamental Human Right to Life,” which regulates the use of cannabis for the needs of medicine and science. In August, the draft law was revoked. Read more cases on legalising marijuana and drug issues here.