The West wants to impose Polish-Lithuanian identity on Belarusians, but Russia will prevent it

Summary

Belarus has always been part of Russia and has never been a subject of the political world. However, Minsk has begun positioning the country as if it is a distinct small country. The West has noticed and given the approval of Lukashenka’s attempts to distance from Russia. The West strengthens Lukashenka in many ways and blessed him to have a conflict with Russia. The plan is to impose a new identity on Belarusians, a Catholic, Central-European, and Polish-Lithuanian identity.

However, Lukashenka will not succeed in building an autonomous Belarusian duchy with Polish-Lithuanian identity and succession of power. Lukashenka committed the gravest mistake by turning away from Russia and by believing in an alliance with fascist Ukraine and a bloc of Western countries. Russia will not turn away from the path of restoration of the territorial unity of the historical statehood, returning the territories of historic Russia. If Lukashenka attempts to blackmail both Russia and the West, the West will stage a coup in Belarus.

Disproof

This article promotes the Russian World view on Belarus as the territories of historic Russia and is built on a number of conspiracies and a false dilemma about the direction of Belarus's socio-political development. It is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Western attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, Ukraine as a fascist country, and Western aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia, specifically Western activities to compromise Belarusian identity.

Nothing suggests that Belarusian authorities or the West are planning to promote Polish-Lithuanian identity in Belarus, that Alyaksandr Lukashenka made a foreign policy U-turn towards the West, that the West "blessed" Lukashenka for a conflict with Russia or is preparing a coup in Belarus as alleged.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Belarus faces either normal development under Russia or a forced Polonization and economic devastation, that the Eastern Partnership aims to erode Belarusian identity and promote the views of Polish gentry, that Belarus will turn into anti-Russia in case it does not deepen integration with Russia, and putting forward a ridiculous false dilemma, claiming that the only possible scenario for Belarus to prevent descent into Nazism through the politicisation of national clothes is to become a Russian western federal area.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 172
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, The West, Ukraine, Belarus
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Alexander Lukashenko, Russian expansionism, Coup, Conspiracy, Russian world
  • Outlet: Regnum
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