Disinfo: US wants anti-Russian forces in Belarusian government to wage war against Russia

Summary

NATO is preparing for nuclear war against Russia from the territory of Ukraine. This is the reason why the US needed the coup known as “Maidan” and the new Fascist government in Ukraine. Now they try to drag Belarus into this and bring anti-Russian forces into government to wage war against Russia.

Disproof

The claim is part of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign on Belarus based on recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, such as accusing other countries of interference and portraying popular protests against electoral fraud in the country as a Western-led colour revolution. Also consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on NATO and Russophobia. NATO does not provoke conflicts between sovereign countries and does not plan to wage a war against Russia. "Any claims that NATO is preparing an attack on Russia are absurd," NATO's official website says. NATO is a defensive alliance and does not pose a threat to Russia. Its purpose is to protect its member states. Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have consistently tried to frame the 2013-14 Ukrainian revolution as a coup d'etat, and Ukrainian politics as dominated by fascist/Nazi groups and ideology. The Euromaidan was not a coup but a nationwide popular protest against the government's sudden announcement that it would not sign the EU Association Agreement. See the full debunk on Euromaidan here. Also, see previous disinformation narratives alleging that the 2014 Ukraine coup was orchestrated by neo-Nazis and that Nazis took over Ukraine with a coup. None of the countries of the European Union, nor the U.S., have anything to do with the mass protests in Belarus: rallies of thousands broke out after Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has ruled for 26 years, declared that he had “won a convincing victory” in the elections. See similar disinformation cases here and here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 213
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/09/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: US, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia
  • Keywords: Encircling Russia, Protest, Colour revolutions, Euromaidan, NATO, Russophobia
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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that Ukraine is an anti-Russian, Russophobic state. Ukraine does not follow any anti-Russian agenda. Relations between Ukraine and Russia are defined by international agreements, including the UN Charter which requires states to respect the sovereignty of other states and the Friendship Treaty between the two countries. However, the relations severely deteriorated after the Russian illegal annexation of Crimea. Kremlin provoked and took part in military conflict in Donbas and the seizure of the Ukrainian ships in the Kerch strait in November 2018, that further undermined bilateral relations. The war in eastern Ukraine is not a West-driven civil conflict but a well-documented act of aggression by Russian armed forces, ongoing since February 2014. The National Security Strategy of Ukraine is not Anti Russian document. It defines the main directions of state policy in national security, in particular: priorities of Ukraine's national interests and ensuring national security, goals and main directions of state policy in the field of national security; current and projected threats to national security and national interests of Ukraine, taking into account foreign policy and internal conditions. See similar cases: Ukraine is an anti-Russian and anti-European project of the US, that Ukraine is an anti-Russian project of the CIA, that Europe has always considered Ukraine an anti-Russian project, that Hatred of Russians is the meaning of Ukrainians’ existence.

European policy of interference in Belarus continues and deepens

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Belarus and the West. The protests in Belarus erupted to contest the results of the Presidential election in Belarus on the 9th of August, which are considered fraudulent by a large part of Belarusian society. The EU continues a step-by-step approach in its engagement with Belarus, supporting its civil society and victims of repression. The EU does not recognize the falsified results of Belarusian Presidential election on the 9th of August, 2020, nor the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr Lukashenko. See similar disinformation cases alleging that Russia has neutralised many Western attempts to topple the Belarusian government; the West pursues Maidan policy towards Belarus to encircle Russia.

NATO troops are illegally in Ukraine

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and NATO. The presence of foreign troops on the territory of Ukraine is regulated by the law “On the procedure for admission and conditions of the stay of units of the armed forces of other states on the territory of Ukraine” and other international treaties. According to the law, foreign troops can be on the territory of Ukraine in the following cases: general training, transit movement, military assistance at the request of Ukraine itself, and others. NATO and the US troops are in Ukraine in 2020 for the purpose of general military exercises. Such a law was signed in March by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.