Disinfo: Ukraine is the main friend for the Baltic States in their Russophobic interests


If Zelenskyy resists the pressure from his opponents [who are protesting against the adoption of the Steinmeier formula], a long-term bloody conflict in Donbas will come to a halt and the Baltic States will lose their main friend [Ukraine] in their Russophobic interests.


No evidence given. A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the Russophobia in the Baltic States and in Ukraine.

In fact, Ukraine is not a Russophobic country as is often claimed by the Kremlin media. It had to react to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the act of aggression by the Russian armed forces in Donbas. It did not ban the Russian language, as is often claimed by the Kremlin, nor did it ban contact between Ukrainians and Russians.

Read recent cases on Russophobia in the Baltic States and in Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, Baltic states
  • Keywords: Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Russophobia, Donbas
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus, video @ time 00:51 – 01:00
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