Disinfo: Ukraine and Belarus are within Moscow’s rightful sphere of influence

Summary

Russian leaders have reason to regard Ukraine and Belarus as being within Moscow’s rightful sphere of influence. Indeed, those two nations are within Russia’s core security zone, and the Kremlin will likely go to great lengths to prevent an even bigger NATO military presence on its borders than the one that exists now.

Disproof

Both Ukraine and Belarus are independent countries and not subject to "spheres of influence" of foreign powers. International law excludes the concept of "spheres of interests".

See related disinformation cases on Belarus.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 20/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: Sphere of influence, Protest

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