Disinfo: There is no unity in the West on whether to recognise elections in Belarus

Summary

– Why did the colour revolution fail here? We came to Minsk at the invitation of the first person of the republic.

– We held elections, like Russia, by the way, like any other state, for Belarus. This is our internal affair. Well, in the West there are different tastes – someone recognises [the 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus], someone does not, this is a matter of taste.

Disproof

Disinformation around the recent elections in Belarus, attempting to portray the West's position as conflicted. This is not the case. According to the European Union, the 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus were neither free nor fair. The protests in Belarus started after election day as the reaction of society to potential falsification of results. The European Union also does not recognise Aleksandr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus and sanctions because of the events following the 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus are being implemented.

As for colour revolutions, this is a recurring pro-Kremlin conspiracy narrative about Lithuania, Poland, the US and other alleged Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus.

See more disinformation cases on colour revolutions as well as on the 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus.

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  • Reported in: Issue 227
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/01/2021
  • Outlet language(s) Russian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: EU, Belarus
  • Keywords: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Union State of Belarus and Russia, Alexander Lukashenko
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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