Disinfo: Unhappy with shift towards multipolar world, the West starts an information war against Russia and Belarus


At the beginning of his term, US President Donald Trump secretly proposed a plan to China and Russia to divide the world into spheres of influence. However, China and Russia refused. Thus, the current transition from a unipolar to a multipolar world order is very hard for the West to swallow. To contain Russia’s growing global role, the West introduced sanctions against Russia and instigated an information war against Russia and Belarus.


Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. There is no proof that President Trump made such a proposal to China and Russia.

This is also part of a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about sanctions. Western countries have progressively imposed sanctions against Russia in response to the latter's illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilisation of Ukraine.

See earlier cases of pro-Kremlin disinformation about Western-led information war.



  • Reported in: Issue 138
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 13/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: China, Russia, Belarus, US
  • Keywords: West, Anti-Russian, Secret elites / global elites, Information war, Conspiracy theory, Sanctions


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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The West has an anti-Russian plan named “Anaconda ring”

The West has an old anti-Russian plan called “Anaconda ring”. Its aim is to encircle Russia with hostile states, to rip Belarus away from Russia, and to eventually partition the Russian Federation. The Baltic States and Ukraine are already part of this ring, while the only remaining state on Russia’s western border that is not yet part of it is Belarus. The West plans to organise a Ukrainian scenario in Belarus and provoke military clashes upon its territory. A federal state joining Russia and Belarus would guarantee Belarus’ peaceful development and well-being.


Conspiracy theory, no evidence given. Read more about the concept of big conspiracy here.

This is a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about a belligerent West aiming to encircle Russia and about Western plans to instigate a colour revolution in Belarus in order to disrupt its relations with Russia.

Crimeans were always eager to reconnect with Russia

There was no need for rigging the referendum in 2014. The Crimean population was always eager to reconnect with their Russian homeland. NATO and the European Union have every interest in maintaining a conflictual situation.


Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative on the illegal annexation of Crimea. No international body recognises the so-called referendum, announced 27th of February and held less than three weeks later. On March 27th, 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, recognised April 17th 2015 that "our soldiers were deployed in Crimea to help the inhabitants express their opinion" (Interfax). No evidence given to support that "NATO and the European Union have every interest in maintaining a conflictual situation" in Ukraine.

Poland wants to dismember Ukraine and reestablish a Polish empire

The Polish doctrine of IV Rzeczpospolita (The Fourth Republic) is part of the US doctrine of global dominance. Poland plans to reestablish a Polish empire stretching from the Baltics to the Black Sea. Poland’s neoimperialist activities were one of the main reasons for the catastrophe in Ukraine. A coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014 was in Poland’s interests. A few years earlier, Polish media speculated that Poland will not be able to digest the Russian part of Ukraine, though it could swallow Ukraine’s western part. Thus, Poland is invested in Ukraine’s collapse.


Conspiracy theory with no evidence given.

IV Rzeczpospolita, or Fourth Polish Republic, was a plan for moral revolution and political change put forth in the late 1990s by the Polish conservative philosopher Rafał Matyja and used in public discourse to describe the 2005-2007 period, when the government of Law and Justice was in power. However, this concept has nothing to do with establishing a Polish empire at the expense of Poland's eastern neighbours, including Ukraine - it is a conspiracy theory. Read more about the use of conspiracy here.