Disinfo: The US administration waits for a repetition of the Ukrainian scenario in Belarus

Summary

The US is waiting for specific conditions for the repetition of the Ukrainian scenario in Belarus.

The current US administration will not send all its forces to the Belarusian putsch, as Barack Obama’s team did with regard to Ukraine. [The] best specialists in Washington were working on the implementation of the Euromaidan. […]

If the United States suspects that the situation in Belarus is gradually going beyond American interests, the envoys are quickly sent over here.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's statehood which claims that the Euromaidan protests were organised by foreign forces and combined with the recent protests in Belarus, which erupted after thousands of people took to the streets to contest the results of the Presidential election in Belarus, that are considered fraudulent by a large part of society.

There was no coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014. The spontaneous onset of massive Euromaidan protests was a reaction of the Ukrainian population to the sudden departure of President Yanukovych from the Association Agreement with the European Union and to the brutal dispersal of student protest actions on 30 November 2013.

It was not the United States, but Russia that triggered the military conflict after the Euromaidan in Ukraine. The US did not interfere in Ukraine in 2014. Ukraine is a sovereign state. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the US. The US works closely with Ukraine and supports its democratic development in accordance with the UN Charter’s principles of non-interference into internal affairs and respect towards territorial integrity and political independence.

Read similar disinfo cases alleging that the US backed the coup in Ukraine in 2014 and that the Western-backed coup in Ukraine has torn the country asunder.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Protest, Alexander Lukashenko, Coup, Euromaidan, Barack Obama

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