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States antagonistic to Lithuania often employ the strategy of “divide and conquer” to foment division within the country and between it and its allies. Below, Dr. Viktor Denisenko, Assistant at the Political Communications Department at the Vilnius University Communications School sheds light on what the tools are used to exert informational pressure and to divide Lithuanian and Polish societies, as well as on how to best search for common ground between the two nations.
According to Dr. Viktor Denisenko, ethnic communities are popular target for informational attacks because of how vulnerable many of them are.
“To foment discord, narratives that inflate social problems or that compare historical grievances to present day issues; these narratives deliberately present tendentious or misleading interpretations of ongoing issues. In Lithuania, these activities have a common goal – to create conflict and to strengthen those who are not loyal to the state in which they live,” claims Dr. Denisenko.