18/06/2020Maria Avdeeva, European Expert Association, iSANS expert
“…The Kremlin aspires to sow chaos and discord and advance its agenda in targeted nations, particularly in Europe and former Soviet republics such as the Baltics and Ukraine. To do this, Russia effectively combines decades of experience in propaganda and psychological warfare techniques with its vast media apparatus …” — House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Report on Russian Active Measures, March 22, 2018.
Belarus has always been of particular interest and strategic importance to Russia. At the time of the onset of open aggression against Ukraine and the occupation of Donbass and Crimea, Moscow launched an active offensive on the sovereignty of its ally in order to keep Minsk in the orbit of its domination, to “force integration”, and to exploit Belarus’s resources.