US and Poland continue sowing discord between Belarus and Russia

Summary

Latest U.S. and Polish activities, including speeches of American experts at Minsk conference and an information campaign of subordinated Belarusian media, indicate that they aim at provoking strict Russian countermeasures and pushing it to the conflict with Belarus. Under the pretext of taking part in a dialogue, Americans conduct information operations, targeting the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Americans need to bring as much distrust and discord in Russia-Belarus relations as possible and to do their best in inflaming the situation in Belarus on the eve of the 2020 presidential election. NATO military exercises Defender 2020 means that the large assault force is created in Poland and Lithuania, aimed at Belarus and Russia’s western regions.

Disproof

The message is consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about Western aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia and West's attempts to disrupt Belarus-Russia relations.

See earlier disinformation cases alleging that the West destroyed the USSR and is currently targeting the Union State between Belarus and Russia, that the Belarusian opposition, civic activists and independent journalists make kill lists for Western security bodies, that Russia saved Belarus from Western bombing like in Yugoslavia, and that the West's only interest in Belarus is to make it anti-Russian.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 169
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland
  • Keywords: Union State of Belarus and Russia, Anti-Russian, Military exercise, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Teleskop
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Disproof

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Disproof

Conspiracy theory, reinforcing a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about George Soros. 

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Disproof

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