US pushes Belarusian authorities towards talks over split from Russian Orthodox Church

Summary

Alyaksandr Lukashenka instructed Belarusian foreign minister Uladzimir Makey to start talks with the Patriarch of Constantinople over a possible split from the Russian Orthodox Church. This is a condition voiced by American diplomats for further progress in Belarus’ relations with the West and IMF. Such a move would be political suicide for Alyaksandr Lukashenka. However, it is supported by a pro-Catholic clan in the Belarus’ ruling elite and by pro-western Foreign Minister, Uladzimir Makey, who is ready to replace Lukashenka.

Disproof

No proof given. Western countries and institutions, including the above mentioned IMF, do not give any preconditions for cooperation with Belarus linked to the status of its Orthodox Church. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation on alleged western plans tear away Belarus from Russia.

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  • Reported in: Issue 136
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: The West, Belarus
  • Keywords: Anti-Russian, Orthodox Church
  • Outlet: Teleskop
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US missile defence-bases in Romania and Poland are purposefully targeting Russia

It is perfectly obvious that the missile defence bases [in Romania and Poland] are purposefully placed on the Western borders of the Russian Federation and target no country other than Russia.

The defence base in Romania has MK-41-start bases, which can pretty easily be used for the launch of heavy cruise missiles of the Tomahawk-class. These are cruise missiles with a medium range-reach which immediately breach the INF-Treaty from the year 1987.

Disproof

According to the U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa (2016): the Aegis Ashore Missile Defence System is part of the European Phased Adapted Approach, designed to protect European NATO allies, and U.S. deployed forces in the region, against current and emerging ballistic threats from the Middle East. U.S. Naval Forces ruled out the possibility of targeting the Russian Federation with the "Aegis Ashore" system.

The Romanian Defence Minister Teodor Melescanu also reiterated on February 7 2019 that "Aegis Ashore" was a strictly defensive system.

The US has violated the INF Treaty for years

The US has been violating the INF Treaty for years. By violating INF Treaty obligations, the US created the conditions for Russia’s production of missiles prohibited by this Treaty.

The US has never provided evidence to Russia about its compliance with the INF Treaty in the three above-mentioned areas.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that the US is responsible for the demise of the INF Treaty.

The US government has issued detailed rebuttals of Russian accusations of US non-compliance with INF Treaty. Moreover, the US has repeatedly engaged Russian officials in multiple venues, including the Treaty’s Special Verification Commission [SVC] to explain why US actions in these areas are in full compliance with the INF Treaty. In December 2017, NATO affirmed that the US is in full compliance with the INF Treaty, and that Russia possesses a new missile system that generated “serious concerns”.

Ukraine is under the external control of the US and EU

Ukraine is under the external control of the United States and the EU. Kyiv’s many international supporters have established control of the country and are leading everyone to work against Ukraine’s interests.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the EU and US relations with Ukraine.

Ukraine is a sovereign state. EU and US are not controlling Ukraine.