Disinfo: The US and some European countries interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign states

Summary

There is ample evidence of gross interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states, both by the United States and those who follow in their footsteps, and some European capitals. They continue to use the dirty methods of so-called colour revolutions, including manipulating public opinion, supporting openly anti-government forces, promoting their radicalisation. We see how these methods are applied to the Republic of Belarus.

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative framing popular protests as Western-backed 'colour revolutions', part of a campaign to portray massive mobilisations in Belarus as a destabilisation effort orchestrated from abroad.

There is no evidence that the protests in Belarus are funded and organised by neighbouring or foreign countries.

Contrary to the claim about colour revolutions, protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which were not monitored by independent experts, and are largely considered fraudulent by both international observers and a large part of the Belarusian society. Further mobilisations were organised and carried out by local actors, opposition politicians, and Belarusian citizens, without any foreign involvement.

On 19 August 2020 the European Council called the Belarus elections neither free nor fair and on 2 October 2020, the Council imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members, and journalists, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. The Council added 15 members of the Belarusian authorities, including Alexandr Lukashenko, as well as his son and National Security Adviser Viktor Lukashenko, to the list of sanctions, on 6 November 2020.

See similar cases claiming that the West carries out a colour revolution in Belarus and tears away Minsk from Moscow, that the protests in Belarus are a colour revolution conducted according to a Maidan scenario and that the West wants to prepare Maidan in Belarus, and that Europe interferes into internal affairs of the neighbouring states and that the West pursues a Maidan policy towards Belarus to encircle Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 223
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Armenian
  • Country: EU, US, Belarus
  • Keywords: Sergei Lavrov, Colour revolutions, Sovereignty
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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