Disinfo: Lithuania has no sovereign policy

Summary

Lithuanian politicians, do not and cannot, have their own opinions. Moreover, there is no Lithuanian policy and cannot be. There is a certain degree of sovereignty like that of a dog tied to a short leash. In the East of NATO and the EU, a Lithuanian political dog is tied to guard the yard. It has freedom within the chain, freedom of expression that is made to address two Eastern neighbors – Russia and Belarus.

Disproof

This message is part of a Pro Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the statehood of Lithuania, presenting the Baltic states as not sovereign, as “vassals”  of US and NATO and used against Russia. See other examples of this narrative here, here and here.

Lithuania is an independent state, which makes sovereign decisions about its foreign and domestic policy.  NATO's increased presence in the Baltic Sea region has been at the request of the Baltic states. Following Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia requested a greater NATO presence in the region.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that Lithuania is occupied by NATO, NATO buried Latvia’s and Lithuania’s independence, Baltic countries are typical replica states with no own political history and tradition, Lithuania is not independent because it follows the same position as the EU, NATO and the US, Lithuania is a hostage of the American interests in Eastern Europe.

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  • Reported in: Issue188
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 05/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Lithuania, Belarus
  • Keywords: EU, Sovereignty, NATO, Baltic states
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory about the 2019-nCoV coronavirus, as well as recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the secret elites (CIA, Global Government, Soros, etc.), “globalist elites” and “shadow governments” that rob nations of their sovereignty and identity, crush economies and threaten traditional values.

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Disproof

This message is a part of the ongoing Russian disinformation attack on Poland, accusing this country of Russophobia, an information war against Russia and manipulation with history for political reasons.

The foreign policy of Poland and the Polish policy towards Belarus are not shaped by the alleged “obsession with Russia” or Russophobia – they are based on the principles of international law and mutually beneficial cooperation.

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The constant intimidation with Russia and the spread of Russophobia has an economic dimension. Poland has to purchase American gas and weapons, provide the USA with beneficial concessions for the extraction of silver and copper and boycott the tax on the American digital giants (despite the EU position).

Disproof

A common pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on “lost sovereignty”. In the case of Poland, this country is often presented as a “puppet-state” or a “banana republic” of the United States, which fully controls its domestic and foreign policy.

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