Disinfo: Washington authorises vassals Poland and Lithuania to organise a colour revolution in Belarus

Summary

Despite having a strong desire to become the “main player”, Poland stopped implementing its independent foreign policy a long time ago, turning into an American tool.

Washington, preoccupied with its internal problems, simply handed over the authority to organise a colour revolution in Belarus to its Eastern European vassals – Poland and Lithuania.

 

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the US presence in Europe. The Kremlin-controlled media regularly accuses Poland and Lithuania of Russophobia and the implementation of anti-Russian policies.

Poland and Lithuania are independent states, which shape their own foreign and domestic policies without any “dictate” from the USA.

The claim that Poland and Lithuania are trying to “organize a colour revolution in Belarus” is a conspiracy theory. Lithuania and Poland are neighbours of Belarus and continue to support the Belarusian people.

See other examples of this message claiming that Polish policy towards Ukraine is shaped by the Americansthe US keeps Poland on a short anti-Russian leash, and Poland is a Trojan Horse of the United States.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 212
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/09/2020
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Lithuania, Belarus, US, Poland
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, Protest, Imperialism/colonialism, Alexander Lukashenko, US presence in Europe, Puppets, Sovereignty, Colour revolutions

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Disproof

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Disproof

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