True Belarusian statehood and genuine independence only possible in the Union State with Russia

Summary

Without the Union State of Russia and Belarus, the statehoods of the two countries would be inadequate and flawed, burdened by geopolitical catastrophes and disintegration. A genuine Belarusian statehood needs measures of deeper integration with Russia such as a common currency, a Union State citizenship, a fully-fledged Union parliament and other state bodies as well as a Constitution of the Union State. Those who promote the development of the Union State between Russia and Belarus are advocates for genuine Belarus’ independence.

Disproof

This disinformation message is consistent with a pro-Kremlin narrative about deficient and flawed Belarus' statehood and disastrous events without a deeper integration with Russia.

This narrative goes in hand with another disinformation narrative about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and to disrupt its relations with Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 144
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/04/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: Russia, EU, Belarus
  • Keywords: Deep state, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Together with Russia, http://ross-bel.ru/ Vitbich, http://vitbich.org/ Civic initiative Soyuz, http://rosbelsoyuz.su/ Teleskop, http://teleskop-by.org/
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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the Western dominance.

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West aims to destroy historic conscience of Belarusian society

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Disproof

This disinformation message is a conspiracy and a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western attempts to organize a colour revolution in Belarus and to make Belarus an anti-Russia bastion.

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NATO’s Stoltenberg: Unless NATO keeps expanding, it will lose its relevance

Unless the alliance keeps expanding, it will lose relevance and become just another international institution that produces purely declarative products.

Disproof

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A piece of disinformation at the intersection of two long-standing pro-Russian narratives – that NATO has lost its relevance after the dissolution of the USSR, and that the West has failed to keep its word to the USSR to stop NATO’s eastward expansion.