November 21, 2018  |  Updated December 19, 2018

#BalticBrief: NATO Not Planning To Invade Belarus

By Donara Barojan
(Source: @DFRLab)

Pro-Kremlin hackers planted an article, which accused NATO of planning to occupy Belarus, on a Lithuanian news website. The article first appeared in English and was likely authored by an individual responsible for spreading NATO-related disinformation and false stories in the Baltics since at least 2017.

On October 25, regional Lithuanian news outlet Kas Vyksta Kaune (translation from Lithuanian: What is Happening in Kaunas) published an article with the headline “NATO is planning on invading Belarus”. The article argued that the ongoing NATO exercise Anakonda 2018 exercise was a cover to stage a provocation against Belarus in order to partially occupy it. Anakonda is a biennial NATO exercise and its main objective of this year’s exercise is to test the “integration of the national security and defence capabilities within joint, interagency, multinational and public environment,” not NATO’s ability to occupy foreign countries.

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